A FAST-food firm is eyeing up a new site on Southend High Street.

The proposals put forward by Tariq Ahmed are for the conversion of the empty 112 High Street, which lies next to Halifax.

The ground floor of the property is currently allocated for restaurant space but the applicant is looking for permission to change it to takeaway.

Few details of what the takeaway will offer are provided in planning documents but drawings suggest the building will become home to fast food outlet, Sam’s Chicken.

It had previously submitted plans to move into 119 High Street – once home to Beauty Palace.

However, the proposals were withdrawn earlier this year.

Sam’s Chicken has around 48 outlets across the country, with dozens based around London.

However, it does not yet have a restaurant in Essex.

The firm offers a range of fried and peri-peri chicken, wraps, sides such as fries and mozzarella dips, and even sweet treats like apple pies.