AN appeal has been lodged after controversial plans to demolish a home for four new flats were refused a second time.

The appeal has been made to the Secretary of State after plans to demolish the building at Redcliff Drive, Leigh, for a new three-storey building of four flats were refused by Southend Council.

This come after a previous bid to transform the site into six flats with a private gym were also refused in 2019, and an appeal was upheld.


Agents Metson Architects claimed the new proposal had been significantly redesigned and reduced in scale, aiming to "enhance" the character of the area with "generous size" apartments.

However, after 32 letters of objection were received including one from Leigh Town Council, the council deemed the bid "unacceptable" due to its scale resulting in a "visually dominant and out of keeping addition to the street scene".

The plans also include associated car parking and relocating the vehicle crossing onto Redcliff Drive.

Any comments in relation to these plans must be sent to the planning inspectorate by August 12.