AN office block in Southend is set to get two new floors for 8 new flats and a rooftop garden after successful plans.

Cumberland House Southend Limited submitted a planning application to Southend Council to build two new floors on the existing office building in Baxter Avenue to provide 8 self-contained flats.

It also included plans for a rooftop garden and five off-street parking spaces.

The bid came after similar plans were withdrawn and amended.

The new floors and remodelling of the roof would result in a six-storey building

In a statement with the plans, the applicant's agent said: "The revised proposal has evolved following consideration of the once redundant and now regenerated office blocks along Baxter and Victoria Avenue and the Victoria Gateway.

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"We believe the revised proposal addresses the concerns raised during the previous application and will create a high quality contextually appropriate small number of additional rooftop apartments to further renew and regenerate the Victoria Gateway and Primary Artery into Southend on Sea Town Centre and Central Seafront.

"The proposal will enhance the locality and produce a respectful and contextually responsive addition of architectural context of the Victoria Gateway environs and enhance the residential setting and amenity of Baxter and Victoria Avenue."

The site is next to a development of 217 flats of up to 15 storeys, which is nearly complete.

The applicant's agent added the new rooftop apartments will "continue the regeneration and renewal of the Victoria Gateway".

Southend Council has granted planning permission subject to conditions, including the submission and approval of a demolition and construction management plan and strategy.