Posted 31/07/2023

Community has its say on Laindon centre regeneration

Housing provider Sanctuary met with members of the Laindon community to hear their views on an important regeneration project to transform the heart of their town.

Sanctuary announced in March it was working with Swan Housing Association to deliver the Laindon centre regeneration. This follows Sanctuary’s takeover of Swan earlier this year.

Almost 500 people attended community events held at Laindon Community Centre and Paddocks Community Hall on Thursday 27 July. Members of Sanctuary’s project team were on hand to listen to residents’ views and talk to them about Sanctuary’s initial ideas for the scheme.

Displays showed a number of different options for the site, all delivering a mixture of new housing, shops and a new health centre/GP surgery.

Younger visitors were able to get involved too – with a children’s art competition encouraging them to draw pictures of the different sort of shops they would like to see in Laindon.

Sanctuary is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of housing and care in the country, managing around 120,000 units of accommodation across England and Scotland, including social housing, care homes, supported housing and student accommodation.

The social housing provider has experience at managing large, complex and high-quality developments, including similar regeneration schemes in other parts of the country.

Sarah Brind, Sanctuary’s Head of Development – South, said: “It was great to meet with the community in Laindon and I’d like to thank all those people who came along to hear our ideas and share their thoughts.

“We know how important this project is to the local community and we are absolutely committed to getting the regeneration back on track and delivering results that Laindon and the wider borough of Basildon can be proud of.”

Anyone who was unable to attend in person can find information and displays from the event online at Residents can also share their feedback using an online form. Due to the high levels of interest, Sanctuary has extended the opportunity to have your say until 9am on Monday 21 August.