Posted 18/12/2023

Sanctuary starts work on Laindon town centre regeneration

Housing provider Sanctuary welcomed local MPs and councillors for a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday 15 December at its Laindon centre regeneration site in Essex.

The elected representatives joined staff from Sanctuary and Basildon Council for a tour of the site and viewed plans for the new development, which will provide a mixture of 205 social or affordable rent and affordable ownership homes.

The new scheme will also include 15 local shops plus a larger Lidl and an option for an improved medical centre, as well as manged parking and public spaces to house the Laindon war memorial and historic fountain.

David Soothill, Development Director UK, said: “We’re excited to start work on this project, which will create a new town centre for people at the heart of Laindon.”

Councillor Andrew Baggot, Leader of Basildon Council, said:

“This is very exciting news for residents of Laindon who have waited patiently for  decades for this scheme to be delivered. This is a new start for residents and I look forward to being updated on progress.”

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

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.

It has experience at managing large, complex and high-quality developments. 

Pictured from left to right: Pamela Green, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North East Essex CCG; Lesley O’Shea, Director of Housing and Property for Basildon Council; Mandy Skeet, Deputy Chief Executive of Basildon Council; Councillor Henry; Councillor Craig Rimmer, Cabinet Member for Regeneration for Basildon Council; Councillor Baggot, Leader of Basildon Council; Councillor Ciara-Neeson; Councillor Webb; MP Mark Francois; Councillor Luke Mackenzie, Mayor of Basildon Council; Councillor Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council, David Soothill, Development Director UK for Sanctuary.