More than 15,000 new homes planned for growing Essex town.
Over 100 people recently attended the launch of Basildon Council’s exciting regeneration and investment plans where it was announced that more than 15,000 homes, new employment opportunities and major town centre regeneration are all planned to sustain the continued growth of the area.
Chief Executive of Basildon Council, Bala Mahendran confirmed that; “Basildon is the second largest economy in the Thames Gateway, after Canary Wharf, and is the major contributor to economic growth in Essex. New business startups are increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else in Essex and we have a nationally class-leading skills base in advanced engineering and manufacturing, IT and the creative sector, which has grown by 40% in the past six years.”
Commenting on the new homes planned for the area he continued, “Our draft Local Plan will provide around 15,000 homes, with 3,600 of them being affordable, and create more than 100 hectares of employment growth land.”
There are also plans to deliver a brand new £35 million college and a revitalized town centre with a brand new market square.
Cllr Phil Turner, Leader of Basildon Council said, “We are passionate about our commitment to delivering regeneration and growth to Basildon. We are very different to the councils of old. It is much more than just delivering local services, we help to shape the future of the borough, through economic growth, regeneration, housing and skills provision.”
Housebuilder Redrow already have proposals for more than 700 much needed homes for the borough. This development has enabled more than £30 million worth of private sector investment which will fund the new South East College campus in the town centre, at the heart of the masterplan, as well as improvements to the public realm. Ecological pastureland and public open space will also form part of the development and a new primary school will be a part of further phases.
For further information about Basildon Council’s draft Local Plan please visit www.basildon.gov.uk/localplan