Total Security Services and Clear Architects will present the designs at an open evening on April 16

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Plans include erecting a new four-storey office space and restoring the original facade of The Regal Plans include erecting a new four-storey office space and restoring the original facade of The Regal

A security firm is inviting the public to view its plans to convert a former cinema into its new headquarters.  

Total Security Services (TSS) and Loughton-based architecture firm, Clear Architects, have invited the public to the event on April 16, between 4pm and 7pm, at the foyer to The Regal in Hale End, Highams Park. 

The Highams-Park based security firm plans to demolish the boarded-up former Shelz restaurant, adjacent to The Regal, and erect a four-storey office space, as well as restore the original facade of The Regal.

Managing director Ricky Gardezi applied for permission in November 2013 to create access to both buildings, while using the exisiting frontage of The Regal as the main entrance to the firm's new headquarters. 

However, the plans were withdrawn following advice from council planners that the designs were unsuitable for the location. 

Local businesses have welcomed plans to demolish the vacant restaurant and convert the Regal to bring the empty buildings back into use and boost the economy.

According to the council, pre-application talks have now ended and TSS are in a position to re-submit the plans following the public event later this month. 

 

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11:50am Mon 7 Apr 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Good luck to them better than what is there now.
Good luck to them better than what is there now. Howard Wolowitz
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1:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mdj says...

The planners are on one side, local opinion on another. No nimbyism here! Could the planners please explain what part of locally-based employment opportunities, keeping money in the local economy, they wish to thwart?

Our borough has failed for decades to fulfil its potential, and has stagnated while the two biggest economic booms in history passed us by. Local housing got dearer, but local jobs and wages fell.

Over that period the Council has systematically allowed work spaces to be replaced by housing: new residents seek jobs in places from where their very homes have driven the jobs. Highams Park's direct link to the City is a heaven-sent opportunity to provide back-office space away from sky-high City rents, saving locals the cost of season tickets, and boosting local family and community life.
Clusters of employment around transport links has to be good planning policy, and yet our officers seem to oppose it.
Why?
The planners are on one side, local opinion on another. No nimbyism here! Could the planners please explain what part of locally-based employment opportunities, keeping money in the local economy, they wish to thwart? Our borough has failed for decades to fulfil its potential, and has stagnated while the two biggest economic booms in history passed us by. Local housing got dearer, but local jobs and wages fell. Over that period the Council has systematically allowed work spaces to be replaced by housing: new residents seek jobs in places from where their very homes have driven the jobs. Highams Park's direct link to the City is a heaven-sent opportunity to provide back-office space away from sky-high City rents, saving locals the cost of season tickets, and boosting local family and community life. Clusters of employment around transport links has to be good planning policy, and yet our officers seem to oppose it. Why? mdj
  • Score: 3

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