8 January 2019: 10:12 am
Shopping centre under way
Work has started on-site at Laindon Shopping Centre, marking the beginning of a project to create a new town centre.
The scheme, to be known as Laindon Place, will transform the dilapidated shopping centre into a new high street including 224 homes, shops, a health centre and an office for housing association Swan Housing, which is behind the scheme.
Swan’s executive director of development and regeneration, Geoff Pearce, was joined at a “groundbreaking” ceremony in November 2018 by MP for Basildon and Billericay, John Baron; Basildon council leader, Andrew Baggott; mayor of Basildon, David Dadds; and MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, Mark Francois.
Pearce said: “Swan has been operating in Basildon and Laindon for almost 25 years now and we manage over 1,500 homes surrounding the Laindon Centre. As a result, we have an unwavering commitment to seeing the successful regeneration of the centre.
“We’ve taken the time to widely consult local residents and stakeholders and this has meant that we are confident Laindon Place will really deliver for the local community.”
The milestone celebrates the end of decades of failed attempts by various developers to regenerate the shopping centre.
Baron added: “My congratulations to Swan Housing, Basildon Council and all involved for their hard work in now moving this redevelopment forward.”