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City Deal boost for Southend regeneration plans
4:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in Local News
THE £300million regeneration of Southend could be brought forward if the town is given new planning powers.
Southend Council is one of 20 local authorities which will be given the chance to have more say over planning and financial matters under the Government’s City Deal Scheme.
The scheme allows councils to make some decisions which are currently made by Government and could see planning red tape removed to get building schemes off the ground quicker.
The derelict tower blocks in Victoria Avenue, will, like Portcullis House, be demolished and others, like Victoria House, could be transformed into flats and offices.
John Lamb Deputy leader of the council welcomed the news. He said: “What this means is the Government is showing confidence in what we are achiving in our town. That is why they are working with us on the City Deal scheme.
“We want to deal with Victoria Avenue. It’s going to really speed up planning because the Government will be helping us to make sure we can cut through some of the bureaucracy.”