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Cabinet agrees to maintain support for Seaway project

Published Wednesday, 26th February 2020

Artists impression of Seaways Development

The council’s cabinet have agreed to maintain support for the proposed development of the Seaway car park.

The project is a proposed private-sector led development of a cinema, hotel, restaurants, leisure space and car parking on the site of the current council-owned Seaway car park.

Yesterday (Tuesday 25 February), the council’s cabinet discussed a detailed report about the project in the context of the Council’s land ownership, regeneration and economic development responsibilities. Read the cabinet report

Two options were presented, one being to terminate the agreement with Turnstone Southend Limited and the other to maintain support for the project.

Cabinet agreed to maintain support on the basis of:

  • the economic case including the significant job opportunities that the development will bring
  • the contribution to the Council’s published ambition and outcomes
  • the level of commitment made by the Council and Turnstone
  • the desire to maintain the currently committed tenants
  • the progress which has been made to date
  • the reduced risk of the Homes England funding claw back

The planning application for the proposed development is a separate matter, and will be determined by the Secretary of State, following an appeal against non-determination by the applicant Turnstone.

Councillor Ron Woodley, cabinet member for inward investment said: “Maintaining our support for this all year round leisure facility sends out the message that Southend-on-Sea is very much open for business and we want investment and job creation in the Borough.

“We are a destination town – a town for people to come, stay, have fun and enjoy the facilities we have to offer and I believe this proposed development will add to that.

“It will also increase footfall into the town centre and central Southend area at a vital time, and it will also bring a number of economic benefits that will be a real boost for the Borough.”