Laindon Centre owners given until 2017 to sort complex out

Laindon Centre owners given until 2017 to sort complex out

Laindon Centre owners given until 2017 to sort complex out

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THE FIRM that owns the ailing Laindon Centre has been given a deadline of two years to sort out the dilapidated complex – or Basildon Council will step in.

Developer Bride Hall, drafted in to redevelop the centre last Autumn, has until the end of 2016 to, at the very least, submit a planning application for the precinct, off High Road.

If not, the council will step in and draft a blueprint similar to the Basildon Masterplan for Laindon, to redevelop the whole town centre – and could use a compulsory purchase order to take over the building.

Traders said they have heard it all before and called on Basildon Council to step in now to solve a 10 year wrangle of the centre.

However, senior Tories on the authority have said they expect a planning application to come forward as soon as this summer and acting now could derail progress.

Basildon Council is working the idea into the local plan, which residents can currently have their say on, to be developed on at a later date.

Stephen Kaye, owner of Headquarters Hair Salon, has been at the Laindon Centre for about 30 years.

He said: “The council needs to act now because it owes it to the community of Laindon to give them a decent shopping centre.”

Basildon Council, which has been threatening to take over the centre for eight years, will start work on a local development framework if all else fails by 2017.

The planning document will set out how the town can be developed and how the authority can do it.

The Echo understands this will almost certainly include a completely revamped Laindon Centre, offering a mix of shops and homes, with the current complex torn down.

Malcolm Buckley, cabinet member for regeneration at the council, said: “I would hope, whether it was from the administrators, or part of a development plan, that it would completely change the character of the town centre.

“Quite clearly the centre does need work and it is no good to rebuild it as a slightly modern version of it. It would want it to be significantly different and a much better version of what we have now.”

John Dornan, Tory Laindon Park councillor, added: “A deadline of 2016 is the end of line for the developers. It gives residents and traders the assurance we will not tolerate a post-2016 deadline.”

Last May, the owners of the centre, Laindon Regeneration, went into administration, drafting in BDO who then chose Bride Hall.

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9:28am Wed 5 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Odds on nothing major will happen in that time.

The record of this mythical regeneration speaks for itself.

Don't hold your breath Laindon residents....
Odds on nothing major will happen in that time. The record of this mythical regeneration speaks for itself. Don't hold your breath Laindon residents.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

1:44pm Wed 5 Mar 14

beejiu says...

Whoever owns it at the moment can't be bothered to clean the graffiti, fix the lighting or do basic maintenance and repair work. Do you really think they are interested in investing in the shopping centre if they can't get these basics done now? Of course, the only thing they are interested in is land value -- sit and hold for 5-10 years, resell for a profit. Quite frankly, the centre should be undergo compulsory purchase and be sold to a third party which has the legal obligations to maintain and develop the centre.
Whoever owns it at the moment can't be bothered to clean the graffiti, fix the lighting or do basic maintenance and repair work. Do you really think they are interested in investing in the shopping centre if they can't get these basics done now? Of course, the only thing they are interested in is land value -- sit and hold for 5-10 years, resell for a profit. Quite frankly, the centre should be undergo compulsory purchase and be sold to a third party which has the legal obligations to maintain and develop the centre. beejiu
  • Score: 5

4:43pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Knock it down now.

let them have a kfc on the site instead of over the road.
Knock it down now. let them have a kfc on the site instead of over the road. Howard Cháse
  • Score: -2

11:16am Thu 6 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Where's Pat and Phil when you need 'em?
Where's Pat and Phil when you need 'em? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Thu 6 Mar 14

AdrianR says...

There is no chance this site will be redeveloped by the current owners. All this two years stuff is nonsense also. If you look at the details it says all the owners have to do is SUBMIT A PLANNING APPLICATION before the end of 2016. It would be quite easy for them to do that and then sit on the property for another 5 to 10 years without ACTUALLY BUILDING ANYTHING. The only way to do this is for the Council to make a compulsory purchase, knock it down then sell the land to a house builder and include the development of a few local shops in the planning approval.
There is no chance this site will be redeveloped by the current owners. All this two years stuff is nonsense also. If you look at the details it says all the owners have to do is SUBMIT A PLANNING APPLICATION before the end of 2016. It would be quite easy for them to do that and then sit on the property for another 5 to 10 years without ACTUALLY BUILDING ANYTHING. The only way to do this is for the Council to make a compulsory purchase, knock it down then sell the land to a house builder and include the development of a few local shops in the planning approval. AdrianR
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

AdrianR wrote:
There is no chance this site will be redeveloped by the current owners. All this two years stuff is nonsense also. If you look at the details it says all the owners have to do is SUBMIT A PLANNING APPLICATION before the end of 2016. It would be quite easy for them to do that and then sit on the property for another 5 to 10 years without ACTUALLY BUILDING ANYTHING. The only way to do this is for the Council to make a compulsory purchase, knock it down then sell the land to a house builder and include the development of a few local shops in the planning approval.
Council haven't got the balls to do anything other than wait around and hope someone does something for them....
[quote][p][bold]AdrianR[/bold] wrote: There is no chance this site will be redeveloped by the current owners. All this two years stuff is nonsense also. If you look at the details it says all the owners have to do is SUBMIT A PLANNING APPLICATION before the end of 2016. It would be quite easy for them to do that and then sit on the property for another 5 to 10 years without ACTUALLY BUILDING ANYTHING. The only way to do this is for the Council to make a compulsory purchase, knock it down then sell the land to a house builder and include the development of a few local shops in the planning approval.[/p][/quote]Council haven't got the balls to do anything other than wait around and hope someone does something for them.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Fri 14 Mar 14

leslog says...

this council have not got a clue re getting laindon centre redeveloped they were mislead by the last owners and apparently said they had faith in bride hall in submitting plans ,now it appears they are unsure ,hence giving some time scale,the ruling council are impotent and will say anything to fob off traders and residents in the local area,when the ruling councillors sit for re election you should know how to vote
this council have not got a clue re getting laindon centre redeveloped they were mislead by the last owners and apparently said they had faith in bride hall in submitting plans ,now it appears they are unsure ,hence giving some time scale,the ruling council are impotent and will say anything to fob off traders and residents in the local area,when the ruling councillors sit for re election you should know how to vote leslog
  • Score: 1

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