The creation of Southend’s first boutique hotel is edging one step closer to being a reality after securing the backing of local council planning chiefs.
The former Raymond House care home, owned by Jawed Rashid, closed in November after it was deemed ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.
Rashid has since submitted plans to the council to spend £2.5m on converting the site into a 37-bed hotel and now planning officers have recommended councillors approve plans at the committee meeting today.
The building would be completely revamped with a new front extension, additional floor and roof terrace.
Essex Chambers of Commerce, chief executive, Denise Rossiter, said the hotel would be a welcome addition to Southend and bring a new style of accommodation to the area to suit a different sort of market.
The new business would also reportedly improve the character of Southend’s historic conservation area, thanks to a new facade and bar extension.