Excitement as plans submitted to bring new jobs, brands and investment to Lakeside

CAPITAL Shopping Centres (CSC), owner of Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, today submitted plans to invest £180m in the centre. The application was announced alongside the launch of images and an animation showing the benefits the investment would bring, which include:

Up to 30-40 shops, to add to the recently opened new flagship Topshop/Topman and the Forever 21 store due to open next year

Better transport infrastructure, including a new bus station linked to Chafford Hundred rail station and provision for a new link road to the north of the centre

Thousands of jobs, including 1,000 during construction and 2,600 additional permanent roles in the extended centre

A new landscaped external street and public square and better links around the centre for local residents and visitors to Lakeside

The application follows months of public consultation which saw the planned expansion backed by 88% of those who provided views at a recent public exhibition in the centre and online.

Paul Lancaster, General Manager of Lakeside Shopping Centre, said:

“Millions of people love Lakeside, which is why retailers are crying out to bring their brands to the centre. We’ve invested continually in Lakeside and by listening to our shoppers and the local community, we now have exciting plans for its next phase of evolution. Our plans would bring new international brands to Lakeside, as well as thousands of jobs for local people, and public space and amenities for the wider community.

“We’ve had great support from our shoppers and with the support of the planning authority hope to start our investment work as soon as possible.”

Since opening in 1991, Lakeside has continued to evolve, from the introduction of cinema facilities to the opening of The Boardwalk leisure area. The centre attracts a unique mix of retailers, including major new flagship stores such as Topshop / Topman, and the soon-to-open Forever 21. CSC has a successful track record of delivering similar projects, including at the Metrocentre in Gateshead and Eldon Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

CSC has submitted this outline application to Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Council. If the plans receive planning consent, construction could begin onsite as early as 2013 with the full scheme fully open in 2016.

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