A proposal to build three business units and up to 51 holiday flats in central Clacton has been refused by Tendring District Council’s Planning Committee.
East West Design & Build Ltd applied to the Council for permission to demolish buildings at 26 Rosemary Road in the town. In its place the firm sought to build restaurants or retail units with 17 holiday flats above in a four storey building, and a 34-unit aparthotel in a building of up to seven storeys at the rear with a basement car park.
The Committee approved the demolition of the former buildings, which had already taken place with the Council’s agreement after the old building was deemed to pose a serious safety risk.
However, councillors voted against the scheme set out to replace the site.
The Planning Committee heard that the principle of retail units and holiday flats in the area was acceptable and would represent substantial financial investment in the town centre. However, the large bulk of the proposed buildings would look out of place, and combined with the plain brick design the proposal would significantly harm the Clacton Seafront Conservation Area.
In addition, the taller building would overlook existing homes and the scheme did not adequately deal with flood risk or water pollution issues.