Draft plans for a massive regeneration project in Basildon town centre have been approved for a six week public consultation.
Proposals for the Essex town include 40,000 sqm of retail and leisure including a new 8-12 screen state of the art cinema, restaurants, retail, bars and cafes, 25,000 sqm of office space, a 150 room hotel, a new 10,000 sqm college, 2000 new homes, a relocated street market, improvements to St Martin’s Square and Town Square, a new ‘transit mall’ and entrance to the Eastgate shopping centre and new public squares.
The plans have been revealed as part of the draft master plan produced by the council’s development partner, Barratt/Wilson Bowden, presented to the council’s cabinet on 26 January.
Cllr Stephen Horgan, deputy leader of the council said: “These draft proposals are very exciting as this will be one of the biggest town centre redevelopments in the country. It would transform Basildon town centre into a vibrant, commercially successful and popular place to live, work and visit.
“Creating a new leisure offer with a new cinema, restaurants, bars and cafes centred around a transformed East Square will be vital to putting the life back into our town centre.”
David Eardley, managing director of Barratt Eastern Counties, part of the BWB partnership, said: “After years of planning and design, we are pleased to show these plans to the public and hear their comments. This is a great opportunity to move these plans forward, giving the people of Basildon improvements to the town centre, bringing further future investment and making Basildon a better place to live, work and relax in.”