“A regenerated Laindon Shopping Centre is the fresh start Laindon really needs… and 2017 is the year we can finally make it happen!” says Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development.
Swan Commercial Services, a subsidiary of Swan Housing Association, submitted a planning application in November that proposes wholesale redevelopment of the failing shopping centre to bring about a brand new high street with shops, a new Swan office, a modern health centre and homes. Swan widely consulted on its plans and was delighted that 83% of those local residents who participated in the public consultations support the proposals.
Swan is eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on whether to approve the plans, which is expected in Spring 2017. They are keen to get the long awaited regeneration underway and have indicated that, should Basildon Council approve the planning application, enabling works could begin by the end of 2017.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, added:
“We are eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on our planning application to help build a bright future for Laindon, that has a vibrant new high street with shops, landscaped space, homes and a re-provided health centre at its heart. The redevelopment of the Laindon Centre is long overdue and our application is the chance for a fresh start and, if approved, will give Laindon the retail led regeneration it has waited so long for. We have worked hard to develop a viable plan for this regeneration and are determined to succeed where so many other previous owners have failed.
We are thankful for the huge support we received from people in Laindon and Langdon Hills during our in-depth consultation and we urge local residents who support our plans to get behind us by endorsing our plans once more to help ensure that, this time, we really can make this regeneration a reality.”