Council set to decide on Southend hotel expansion plan

Councillors in Southend on Sea will decide tomorrow night whether to give the go-ahead to a boutique hotel’s expansion plans.

The Roslin Beach Hotel in Thorpe Esplanade has submitted plans to create nine new guest rooms, a gymnasium and residents’ lounge with a view to taking the establishment from three star to four star. They propose connecting the hotel to a neighbouring property using a glazed infill.

Roslin Beach Hotel was established thirty years ago as a one-bedroom B&B and steadily grown since then. More recently it was purchased by Regis Entertainment Ltd and £150,000 has been spent onrevamping the kitchens as well as another £30,000 on refurbishing the car park.

Earlier plans to extend the hotel were thrown out with objections raised about a proposed wedding chapel at the hotel.

Council officers have now recommended that the new plans get the go ahead although the hotel can expect to be landed with a Section 106 condition to establish a new residents parking zone costing up to £42,000.

The application will be decided by the Development Control Committee at Southend’s Civic Centre on Wednesday night.

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