A developer has withdrawn its appeal against Basildon Council’s decision to refuse permission to convert a town centre office block into 165 homes.
An application, seeking prior approval to develop Northgate House, above the former BHS department store in Basildon town centre, was refused by Basildon Council last year.
An appeal hearing, launched by applicant Northgate House LLP, had been due to take place this week, but Basildon Council has received notification that the appeal has been withdrawn.
The proposals would have seen 162 studio flats and three one-bedroom apartments created, with no parking provision and only two small areas for cycle storage.
Council planning officers felt the lack of parking would lead to an overspill of cars into nearby roads and that the noise impact from adjoining commercial premises had not been properly taken into account.
Cllr Richard Moore, cabinet member for planning, said: “The council had real concerns about the sheer volume of properties and the lack of transport provision being proposed.
“While we all recognise the need for new homes in the borough, we must ensure these properties are of a high standard and meet the needs of our population.”
A previous planning application, allowing 87 apartments to be created at Northgate House, was granted permission earlier in 2016 and remains valid should a developer choose to progress with the scheme.
Cllr Moore added: “We would hope any developer would look to make use of existing planning consents rather than pursue proposals which do not represent acceptable town centre development.”