Eastern Esplanade Conservation Area

Eastern Esplanade Conservation Area was designated in 1989 and comprises

  • 40-57 (consec) Eastern Esplanade (40-45 listed buildings)

The history of Eastern Esplanade Conservation Area

The Conservation Area is made up of a small terrace of early to mid 19th century cottages reputed to have been built for local fisherman. These buildings date from the period when Southend functioned as a small scale resort while it continued to have strong fishing and maritime industries.

Eastern Esplanade’s special interest

The cottages are of an unusual design and are the only buildings of this type to have survived in Southend. The properties are mirrored pairs with a raised ground floor with stepped access and most have a deep recessed porch which is a distinctive design feature of the terrace. The properties at the western end (40-45) are the oldest and are locally listed buildings. These have more detailed elevations which include traditional weatherboarding and decorative brick detailing.

Development in the Conservation Area

All development in the Conservation Area including alterations such as changing windows and roofing materials should follow guidance set out in the Conservation Areas Do’s and Don’ts Leaflet  and the Design and Townscape guide in particular Section 9 Historic Buildings. 40-45 Eastern Esplanade are listed buildings and alterations to the interior and exterior may also require listed building consent.

It is always advisable to check with the Council if planning permission or Listed Building Consent is needed before undertaking any works to the exterior of a property or any works to a listed building in the conservation area.

Further information

Eastern Esplanade Conservation Area Appraisal

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