The plan to transform the former RBS bank into a casino refused by the Southend Borough Council

Planning permission to transform a former bank into an “adult play center” was refused.

Southend Borough Council has refused permission to change the use of the property, which is located in London Road, Southend-on-Sea.

The plans submitted by the Casino company, Merkur Slots, were to change the use of a “partly vacant” ground floor banking unit to an “adult gaming centre”.

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The property was officially used as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) bank, with separate offices above.

RBS closed on London Road two years ago, with office space now converted into residential apartments.

Now the building permit has been requested by Casino Merkur Slots.

As part of the planning permission, Merkur Slots said the conversion of the unit “would support the vitality and viability of the town center and bring a vacant unit back into use, facilitating a use that could increase footfall and increase opportunities. of shared journeys.”

However, Southend Borough Council refused the development application saying the proposal is ‘unacceptable’, adding that there are concerns for neighbors due to ‘harmful noise levels’.

They said: ‘The application fails to demonstrate that the change of use sought would not result in harmful noise and nuisance levels to the significant detriment of the amenities of neighboring residential occupants.’

Case Officer Robert Lilburn of Southend Borough Council said: “The application has failed to demonstrate that the development would maintain the amenities of existing residential occupants in terms of noise and disturbance.

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“Given the nature of the use and the proximity of residential occupants, it is not considered that this matter can reasonably be addressed by a condition

“The proposal is considered unacceptable and contrary to neighbors’ amenities policies.

“The potential impacts are accentuated by the proposed 24-hour operation.”

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