Southend Seafront Development Stalls Again


PLANS for a landmark Southend seafront development have stalled again, according to the Essex Echo.

Talks over the Marine Plaza proposals, including 350 apartments, plus shops, restaurants and offices, have ground to an abrupt halt.

The Inner London Group, which paid £2.25million for a large part of the site between Marine Parade, Southchurch Avenue and Pleasant Road last year, still need to buy the Foresters Arms pub and the Happidrome amusement arcade.

However, owners of both businesses say talks over possible sales have not progressed – as Inner London Group has not been in touch.

Stanley Knatchbull owns the £800,000 Happidrome site, including the Rockery and Wilkies Shellfish Bar, with business partner Edward Warren.

He said: “There is nothing happening at the moment. I haven’t heard from the firm for some time. Nothing is going on and hasn’t been for a while.”

A spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns, which owns the Foresters Arms, added: “There is nothing to say. We have no progress to report.”

The first glimpse of the massive development, estimated to cost £80million, was offered in December last year, when preliminary proposals were put forward by the Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of Inner London Group.

The scheme, which would sit opposite the iconic Kursaal, is expected to be ten to 14 storeys high and include 6,000sqm of commercial floor space.

All existing properties on the site, including the old Funland area, the Foresters Arms and the Happidrome would be bulldozed if the plans go ahead.

The New Ship pub has already been demolished.

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