THE Old Vienna restaurant in Eastwood Road, Leigh is set to be completely demolished and replaced with an upmarket block of flats, it can be exclusively revealed.
Sandhurst (New Homes) Ltd have formed a new company BESB Contract Ltd with the woman owner, who was previously involved in a former project.
Brian Strickland, director of Sandhurst (New Homes) Ltd, explained: “The person we are now in business with to develop this site is the owner of the site and was previously looking at a joint project to build a new restaurant in its place.
“This has now fallen through and my company is now working with her and we will very shortly be submitting a planning application for an upmarket block of flats.
“We don’t think that a restaurant is appropriate for this site. It is too near residential buildings and there is always the nuisance of noise from late-night revellers.”
The demolition of the building began some time ago – but was then suddenly stopped.
Mr Strickland commented: “There were reasons for this one of which was an EE telephone aerial on the building. Everything is now fine and we can go ahead with our plans.
“Our plans are for upmarket flats. We have not yet decided how many, but I can assure local residents that they will enhance the area. It will be a nice looking block.”
Mr Strickland’s company has already won plaudits for its developments across Southend, particularly its latest project, the 27-partment The View on London Road, overlooking Chalkwell Park, most of which have now been sold.
The Old Vienna Restaurant was closed last year after a damning report hygiene inspection report and then went on the market for £1m and was quickly sold.
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