A former florist shop could be turned into a new restaurant and takeaway.

Mr M Kugathas is behind the proposals for the old Fantasy Flowers store at 153 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood.

He is bidding to install a seating area inside the shop on the ground floor and convert its change of use from retail to restaurant.

The upper floors, which are currently used as flats, are not affected by the plans.

Drawings of the external changes to the building suggest the new restaurant would be called Elite Peri Peri.


There is a takeaway based in Bermondesy, London, trading under that name currently, but it is unclear if this is an expansion or an entirely new venture.

The planning statement reads: “The proposal would provide internal seating area for patrons to enjoy hot cooked food, especially for shoppers, whilst also providing a new food outlet service for the local community.

“The proposal intends to also provide much needed economic boost to the existing business by providing a new restaurant within the parade with seating thereby attracting patrons from the local community and businesses.

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“The new restaurant would in turn also provide the employment of extra staff from the community.”

A new extraction system would be installed as part of the plans to prevent odours from the restaurant affecting nearby properties.

Three objections have been submitted against the plans so far. 

Southend Council will have the final say.