Good news at last! The Grand latest....

November 13, 2017 by Rob Kahl

Finally, some good news

After nearly 5 years of knock backs and objections the revised plans for The Grand were finally approved this week. Hats off to Mick Norcross for his persistence and determination.

Plans were unanimously approved by 15 to 2 by Southend Borough Council for the development of the iconic building and we can now look forward to work commencing very soon.

Mr Norcross was understandably extremely pleased with the outcome and expects work to start as soon as this month. He plans for 18 residential apartments with a communal roof terrace and allocated parking to the rear. The commercial units will include a 140 seater restaurant, bar, spa and front terrace together with the addition of parking and landscaping to the front.

Work is expected to take approx. 18 months and Mr Norcorss expects occupancy within 2 years so book your 2019 Christmas party now!

As you are probably aware I have been a strong advocate for Mr Norcross’ plans for a long time now. I am very pleased that finally the future has been decided for this fantastic building. With no other credible alternatives and a very limited amount of people with the funds available for such an extensive development I felt that Mr Norcross’ plans kept the identity of the building together with communal commercial areas that we can all use.

The residential apartments will ensure the maintenance of the building is always looked after and will undoubtedly be hugely desirable places to live.

The plans for the commercial units look very high quality and upmarket.

We will now have a period of upheaval when building work starts but at least we have a timetable for completion and we can all see a light at the end of the tunnel.

After bigging him up for so long I am certainly hoping for an invitation from Mr Norcorss to the opening night at least?

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