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Appeal: £50m Southend leisure complex wins inspector’s approval

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Plans to build a major leisure complex on a council-owned car park near the Southend seafront can go ahead after an inspector decided that the scheme’s economic benefits outweighed its conflict with the local development plan.

In 2018, developer Turnstone Estates submitted plans for a leisure complex comprising an 80-bedroom hotel, bowling alley, IMAX cinema, restaurants and cafés, outdoor activities, and a landscaped square. A multistorey car park would provide space for 555 cars. The council had leased the land to the developer three years earlier for £1 in a deal that would see the developer finance the scheme.

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