The £1 billion regeneration of Basildon town centre by Barratt has been given the go ahead.
The regeneration will include up to 2,000 homes, a large cinema, restaurants, bars and cafes, new shops and leisure facilities. It also features a new bus station and public squares, new town centre college, and a new market to be relocated to St Martin’s Square.
Councillor Malcolm Buckley, cabinet member for regeneration said: “This is one of the biggest town centre redevelopments in the country and I am delighted the masterplan has been approved. Whilst other town centre redevelopments have fallen foul of the economic climate in recent years, BWB and the council have maintained enough flexibility in its plans to ensure that we have weathered the storm.”
David Eardley, divisional MD at Barratt Wilson Bowden said that the company’s Acacia Park scheme had marked the start of the town’s regeneration, “which will help to fund the next phases of the town centre and park improvements”.