Former Benfleet furniture shop to make way for 40 homes

A former furniture shop in Benfleet will be demolished to be replaced with 40 homes.

Castle Point Borough Council gave permission for Furniture Kingdom to demolish the existing buildings on the western side of High Road and build in its place 40 flats in three separate buildings, as well as commercial space and office space.

A four-storey building on London Road will accommodate eight two-bedroomed flats above a new commercial unit, to the rear of which would be two four-storey units linked by a three-storey block providing a further 28 two-bedroomed flats and four one-bedroomed flats.

A previous proposal for 35 flats was refused on the basis of what was deemed an inadequate provision of affordable housing, inadequate parking and concerns over refuse collection.

The planning committee, which met on October 5, is now been satisfied with the affordable housing quota which has been increased from two to four units.

A private contractor will remove waste to address concerns over the ease of access for council bin collection lorries.

A spokesman for Furniture Kingdom, which is behind the new development said: “The proposal will achieve a substantial tidying up of this area of currently disused land and buildings.

“It will provide a living environment in close proximity to existing town centre facilities fully compliant with the aims of the National Planning Policy Framework and provide living space all compliant with the minimum space requirements.

“It will make the most efficient use of brownfield land again in full compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework and reducing the long-term pressure a little more on the need for greenbelt.”

The committee voted unanimously in favour.

Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter