Plans to convert an office block in Westcliff into dozens of homes have been given the go ahead.

Tythorn Investments will be changing the use of 648 - 656 London Road to residential so it can install 24 flats.

The new homes will be based on the first, second and third floors of the building, known as Chalkwell Lawns, with commercial space retained on the ground floor.

The homes will consist of 15 one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom apartments.

A total of 36 car parking spaces, which are already on-site, are to be allocated to new residents and a further 30 storage spaces will be created for bikes.

A transport assessment carried out by the applicant states there would be little impact on the roads in the area, with experts suggesting new residents would likely generate 286 additional trips in and out of the area per day.

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It also adds the flats would be based in a sustainable location due to local bus services and the nearby train station in Chalkwell.

No changes are planned for the outside of the building, with alterations made inside to create the new homes.

Space for three separate offices/ commercial spaces would be created on the ground floor.

An application was submitted to check if planning permission was required as some redevelopments of commercial buildings are already permitted under planning laws.

But Southend Council has given prior approval, paving the way for the redevelopment to get underway.

The developer must complete the project within three years and must also agree the layout of the proposed car park, as well as a waste management plan for new residents.