22 March 2017: 2:00 pm
New steps on the road to Pitsea regeneration
The second phase of the regeneration of Pitsea moved one step forward, as Basildon Councilís cabinet approved the principle of the schemeís design and launched public consultations on the plans.
In November 2016, the green light was given to redevelop a number of council-owned sites in the town centre, after the area had undergone a commercial revamp, involving the construction of a superstore run by The Range (pictured above), the provision of an Aldi supermarket and the redevelopment of the market square.
Pitsea Area Housing Office, The Place community centre, Pitsea Library and Dipple Medical Centre and Eversley Leisure Centre are the sites brought forward for redevelopment as part of the project’s second phase.
Four months later, on 21 March 2017, cabinet members agreed the principle of the design and a timescale for the new project, aiming to see work start in January 2018.
The Place will be redeveloped into a flexible community space and leisure facilities expanded at Eversley Leisure Centre.
A new Pitsea Library will also be provided, subject to negotiations with Essex County Council, which runs the library.
The scheme also proposes around 42 new homes, split across The Place and the former Pitsea Area Housing Office site.
Cabinet agreed a timetable which will see a public consultation launched in the next few months, with a view to a formal planning application being submitted later this year.
If the application is approved, building work should start at the beginning of next year and be completed by January 2020.