A dilapidated row of shops in Chalkwell could be torn down to make way for 25 flats in two new blocks.

Dove Jeffrey Homes has launched a consultation with residents living around 658-664 London Road to gauge opinion on plans for a five storey block of 14 apartments and a second four-storey block with 11 flats.

If a planning application is approved, the smaller block will go into the car park of the adjacent Chalkwell Lawns building which is owned by the developer.

Raymond Dove, co-owner of Dove Jeffrey Homes, said: “We had a pre-application meeting with the council. The building is derelict. There’s an old Chinese restaurant there.

“When we bought the building a few months ago we had to take 17 lorry loads of rubbish out of there.

“The building is old and is looking very deteriorated. There are 12 garages at the rear. We intend to knock it down and replace it with flats and then also put some flats in our existing car park.”

The developer is hoping to submit an official planning application in coming weeks after receiving feedback from residents.

Mr Dove added: “It’s near the railway station and it’s also got bus services and it’s near to the park. It’s a very central location.

“I think we will be putting in a planning application in four to six weeks’ time. We’re very happy with the scheme and think it will be good for people working in London. They can walk to a station in Chalkwell or Westcliff. It’s got good facilities and is ideal for young people starting out”

The flats will be a mix of one, two or three bedroom homes. It has not yet been decided whether they will be for sale or rent.

Residents took to the Westborough Community Group Facebook page to voice their concerns at more plans for flats in Westcliff.

One said: “At the rate new apartments are being built in the area, in a few years’ time it will be impossible to get signed on with a doctor’s surgery or family dentist.

“It is almost a miracle these days to get an appointment within two weeks for either service. Can’t the people who keep giving permission for this overdevelopment see what’s happening?”

Another said: “The more people that express concerns the better. Perhaps as a community if we stand together we can make a difference but I doubt it.”

Residents who have concerns or questions can email info@communityconversations.uk