17 August 2016: 5:30 pm
Strategy agreed for East Square
Basildon Council has approved a strategy for the regeneration of East Square in the town centre.
Working with its development partner Barratt Wilson Bowden, the local authority proposes to create a residential-led scheme at the site.
It also aims to “stimulate the night-time economy” and create cafes, restaurants and retail. The council has said it is in discussions with cinema operators to gauge interest.
Options for Brooke House in East Square are being considered as part of the next phase of works. The council will consult with the public, stakeholders and leaseholders of Brook House.
Phil Turner, the leader of Basildon Council, said: "Five years ago I had a plan for this area. Now we own a space which is basically a quarter of the town centre. This will enable us to deliver an exciting regeneration scheme that will not only benefit the residents and visitors to Basildon town centre but the whole borough.
“There is an increasing trend of inward investment in the town centre including the recent planning application for the Mighty Rhino restaurant, the conversion of Trafford House and the successful housing developments at Acacia Park and Gloucester Gate.”