HUGE plans to build a new stadium and training ground for Southend United have been given the go ahead, after years of debate and proposals.

The massive proposals, which were granted planning permission last night, will feature a state-of-the-art stadium, a 107-bedroom hotel, and more than a thousand homes.

The plans will also see a club shop, a restaurant and conference space all included.

Two corners of the stadium will accommodate 182 apartments.

In addition, a range of other blocks up to nine storeys high will provide a total of 1,114 homes Southend Council will also be involved in providing homes on the site for affordable rent.


The Echo revealed how a £30million Government loan will kickstart the project.

Homes England will loan Roots Hall Limited, the firm behind the development, alongside Thames Plaza, the £30million sum by November 30.

Both firms name Blues Chairman Ron Martin and his son Jack, as directors.

Roots Hall Limited will then lease the new stadium and training ground to the football club itself.

A spokesman from Southend United, said: "At a Southend Council development control committee meeting, the club's application for a new stadium at Fossetts Farm has been granted planning permission.

"Plans for redevelopment at Roots Hall into homes once relocation is complete have also been approved."