Future of Southend seafront pub still in the balance

The Esplanade pub

The Esplanade pub

First published in Local News

THE future of a prime seafront site is still in limbo, eight months after ambitions plans for a multi-million pound hotel and restaurant collapsed.

The Esplanade pub, in Western Esplanade, remains in the ownership of Renewal Southend, which abandoned its proposal for the four-storey, 58-bed, luxury development on the site in April.

However the land, which has been valued at more than £1million, is still available for sale and estate agents said they had received interest from potential buyers.

Mike Gray, managing director of Dedman Gray, said: “We are still acting on that site.

“Is is still available for sale, and we have received some revised interest from other parties during the month of December.”

The hotel plans, which were rubber-stamped by Southend Council in April 2010, included a ground-floor restaurant, lounge and reception, as well as an underground car park.

The building was also designed to shore up the seafront cliffs, in a similar manner to the council’s £35million development plans for a new museum, further along Western Esplanade.

However, rumours about the project’s future simmered for months before its final collapse.

Land Registry records show Renewal paid £760,000 for the pub in March 2008.

But by October 2011, the firm said the plans were on hold because of the tough financial climate.

When it finally withdrew in April, it revealed it could no longer afford to push the project forward and wanted someone else to take up the reins.

The firm bought the Esplanade pub outright, but only secured planning permission for the publicly-owned surrounding land, which is still in council hands.

That means only the pub is for sale through Dedman Gray, although the permission will remain valid until April 2013.

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10:15am Tue 1 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

When will they learn?
Like the Grand in Leigh-on-Sea, someone had similar plans, that fell flat...
When will they learn? Like the Grand in Leigh-on-Sea, someone had similar plans, that fell flat... Carnabackable
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11:11am Tue 1 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

Can't some fake tanned Towie twit take it on?
Can't some fake tanned Towie twit take it on? Eric Whim
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12:02pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Keptquiettillnow says...

Why not just leave it as a pub, its worked pretty well for the last 100? years or so.
Why not just leave it as a pub, its worked pretty well for the last 100? years or so. Keptquiettillnow
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12:33pm Tue 1 Jan 13

emcee says...

Yet another case of allowing developers to buy up property without guarantees they will actually do something about it.
Its about time planning permissions are only given when developers can show that finances are immediately available and are independently ringfenced.
Fines should be imposed when promised developements are cancelled and these fines taken from the ringfenced money. Either that or said property confiscated.
At least, then, deveopers canot buy up masses of property, only to leave them to rot for years, making the town a bigger eyesore than it already is.
Yet another case of allowing developers to buy up property without guarantees they will actually do something about it. Its about time planning permissions are only given when developers can show that finances are immediately available and are independently ringfenced. Fines should be imposed when promised developements are cancelled and these fines taken from the ringfenced money. Either that or said property confiscated. At least, then, deveopers canot buy up masses of property, only to leave them to rot for years, making the town a bigger eyesore than it already is. emcee
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4:29pm Tue 1 Jan 13

southendfanman says...

It seems all development on the seafront never materialise. Why don`t Regis but it and turn it into a 5 star hotel
It seems all development on the seafront never materialise. Why don`t Regis but it and turn it into a 5 star hotel southendfanman
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4:36pm Tue 1 Jan 13

asbo industries inc says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Why not just leave it as a pub, its worked pretty well for the last 100? years or so.
really...have you been in there?
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Why not just leave it as a pub, its worked pretty well for the last 100? years or so.[/p][/quote]really...have you been in there? asbo industries inc
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7:29am Thu 3 Jan 13

EssexBoy1956 says...

Well, it was quite nice when I last went in there. Mind you, it was 1973. The barman wouldnt serve us unless we took our school blazers off, but apart from that, it was a great place for a pint of Watneys Red and a game of bar-billiards.
Well, it was quite nice when I last went in there. Mind you, it was 1973. The barman wouldnt serve us unless we took our school blazers off, but apart from that, it was a great place for a pint of Watneys Red and a game of bar-billiards. EssexBoy1956
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8:09am Thu 3 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Pull this eyesore down.............
Pull this eyesore down............. Carnabackable
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