Saturday, July 13, 2024

Green light given to £180 million Lakeside development

THE EXCITING plans for the expansion of Lakeside Shopping Centre took a major step forward last night (Thursday) after plans were approved by the Thurrock Council planning committee.

The proposals include the demolition of the existing Debenhams store and the existing bus station. The plans also include the redevelopment of the transport infrastructure in the area.

The proposals are detailed in a hundred page document that itemises every consideration from protection of habitat to landfill arrangements.

In a passionate speech, general manager of Lakeside, Paul Lancaster accentuated that economic boost the plans would have for Thurrock in particular.

Mr Lancaster said; “These plans will invest £180 million into Lakeside. There are over 1,000 construction jobs involved as well as over a thousand job opportunities in retail and leisure.

“These plans also take into account the modal shift away from the car

“Over the last few weeks, we have consulted with shoppers and have been overwhelmed with the massive support for the redevelopment.

“Thurrock residents, voters and shoppers all want to see the expansion and development of Lakeside in the same way that they can see the expansion of Captial Shopping Centres all over the country.”

Thurrock councillors were impressed with Mr Lancaster’s speech and the overall plans.

Cllr Martin Healy said: “Our voters would never forgive us if we did not back Lakeside’s plans.”

Cllr Tunde Ojetola asked several questions regarding the road changes especially those in Chafford Hundred whilst fellow Tory, Shane Hebb said that the plans: “Ticked all the right boxes.”

The proposal was passed unanimously.


  1. , I’m a bit irritated by the comments about “No parking charges at Lakeside” from other local authorities. Lakeside isn’t like Romford, Basildon or Southend. They have to have parking charges to control who they want to use their car parks. If they didn’t, the car parks would be full up with commuters at 9a.m. and no shoppers would get in. Lakeside is quite different, in that only a small percentage of parking spaces are used by commuters and shoppers are not restricted at all.


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