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Swan Housing Association have announced that they are bringing forward the regeneration of Laindon Centre so that the local community will be able enjoy the benefits of the new high street with new shops, anchor food store, medical centre, as well as improved and greener public realm even sooner.
Swan have been able to bring forward vacant possession of the Laindon Shopping Centre following the conclusion of an agreement with key tenants of the centre.
To enable Swan to ensure the centre can be demolished to make way for Laindon Place, Swan have now served notices on the existing retailers. This means that Swan now expect the Shopping Centre to be vacant by February 2019 allowing for full demolition to take place shortly afterwards.
Swan have taken this decision, as the existing Centre is unable to meet either the residents or retailers needs and because the local community have made it clear that their "Laindon Place" regeneration cannot come soon enough.
Now that these notices have been served Swan will be able to enter into negotiations with existing tenants who wish to return to Laindon Place and also with prospective new tenants.
John Synnuck, Swan's Chief Executive commented:
We are committed to bringing Laindon Place forward as quickly as we can to make sure that Laindon has the modern, vibrant High Street it deserves. By serving these notices, we can deliver Laindon Place sooner.
Scott Logan, Basildon Council's Managing Director, said:
This a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Laindon Centre and the Council is delighted that the project has been brought forward. Laindon Place will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.
Since launching the Laindon Place branding and their initial commercial marketing strategy in January this year, Swan have been delighted to receive over 50 enquiries from individuals and businesses interested in leasing the new retail units in Phase 1. Initial discussions with some of those who have expressed an interest in the new units will now be progressed, along with discussions with those existing retailers who are interested in returning to Laindon Place. These discussions will continue over the coming weeks and months. All this means that Swan are confident that they will be able to achieve a good mix of retailers to make Laindon Place attractive to local people.
Swan appreciate that this will mean services will no longer be available for local residents through the centre. However, now that these notices have been served, Swan will endeavour to maintain essential services throughout the regeneration by delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to be continued.