Sunday, September 25, 2022

Lakeside excited as they unveil further plans to the public

SHOPPERS will be able to find out more about the future of their favourite centre today as Capital Shopping Centres unveil plans for a major new leisure space at Lakeside. The new proposals add to plans unveiled in recent months for a £180m expansion of the centre’s retail offer that would bring 30-40 new stores and a substantial investment in local community infrastructure.

The next phase of investment at Lakeside could see an exciting new leisure destination created, focused around a new public square. Lakeside’s owners are keen to hear views about these concept plans which could include:
· A new public square and entertainment space
· New cafes, restaurants and leisure uses around the existing Vue cinema
· Family entertainment venues, bars and health and fitness facilities

Commenting on the plans, Lakeside General Manager, Paul Lancaster, said: “We’ve been a part of the local community here for over 21 years and have invested in the centre throughout this time. We recently submitted a planning application for our plans to expand the retail offer for our shoppers, creating over 2,600 permanent new jobs and delivering over £14.5million in community infrastructure benefits in the process.

“Our shoppers and the local community loved these plans and we are excited to hear what they have to say about these latest proposals.”

The exhibition on the next phase of development plans for Lakeside Shopping Centre will be open to visit on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March.


  1. Thankfully it is not all baout more shops, what i would lke to see is a Bowling Alley or Ice Rink along with all the other stuff proposed by CSC, Thurrock needs some entertainment facillities lets just hope that these plans come to fruition

  2. As a community we have to support a going concern and unfortunately Grays Town centre has missed the regeneration “Boat” too mant times in the last 40 years , Community and Entertainment facilities at Lakeside yes, but these must go hand in hand with infrastructure reviews of resident needs / road layout / tunnel & bridge issues and particularly Motorway congestion. I wish Mary Queen of Shops success with Grays but all I think i will see / I have will be my childhood memories of Grays in its twilight of the 60’s early 70’s. .


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