Piazza gets go-ahead

Basildon Council has approved plans to redesign and upgrade public space around the Trafford House apartment block in Basildon.

The proposals include a landscaped piazza, improved lighting and a new crossing near Basildon Station.

The owner of Trafford House has already completed work to transform the former office block – once the headquarters of Ford UK – into flats. 

Councillor Stephen Hillier, the chairman of Basildon Council's planning committee, said: “This upgrade to the public realm, associated with the upgrade of Trafford House will enhance the appearance and first impressions of the town as a destination for people arriving at Basildon.

“It will also form a key to the revival of Basildon town centre, with a much more attractive layout, that will help to reignite the night-time economy. This will support the council’s aspirations to revive and regenerate Basildon town centre, create jobs and improve living space for the people of Basildon."

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