Swan are working closely with retailers to ensure we maintain essential services throughout the regeneration of Laindon and are committed to delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to continue. Our planning application for temporary retail units has been submitted for planning approval and can now be viewed here on the Basildon Council website: Planning submission
You can read more about shopping in Laindon during the regeneration in our latest Laindon Place newsletter here: Newsletters
We were honoured to be a part of the Laindon remembrance service once again yesterday. Our Development Manager Jack proudly laying a wreath on behalf of Swan, it was a moving and solemn tribute to our fallen servicemen & women.
Thank you to all those residents that came to pay their respects with us and join us for refreshments during the event.
Jack Tyrell -Killian is seen here with Ken Porter from the Laindon & District Community Archive standing by the beautiful There But Not There soldier silhouette.
Swan Housing Association and partners are delighted to have broken ground on Laindon Place, their regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre, marking works beginning on the regeneration.
Swan’s Executive Director of Development and Regeneration, Geoff Pearce was joined by local MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron, as well as Cllr Andrew Baggott, Leader Basildon Borough Council, Cllr David Dadds, Mayor of Basildon and Mark Francois MP for Rayleigh & Wickford, as well as members of the local community to celebrate this milestone.
This event celebrates Swan overcoming decades of failed attempts by others to regenerate the Laindon Shopping Centre and the persistence and ambition of Swan and its partners were echoed during the day. The local community including residents and businesses were extremely positive and delighted that Swan are making this happen.
Laindon Place will transform the dilapidated and unattractive inward-looking shopping centre into a new high street including new shops, a health centre and even a new Swan Office, to which Swan’s Billericay based staff will relocate. There will be stylish new homes too, all set in high-quality public space. The local community have been widely consulted and Laindon Place has been designed to be at the heart of a revitalised Laindon, benefitting existing and new residents.
Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Development and Regeneration commented:
“Swan has been operating in Basildon and Laindon for almost 25 years now and we manage over 1,500 homes surrounding the Laindon Centre. As a result, we have an unwavering commitment to seeing the successful regeneration of the centre. We’ve taken the time to widely consult the local residents and stakeholders and this has meant that we are confident that Laindon Place will really deliver for the local community. Not only will we maintain essential local services during the regeneration work but, when complete, Laindon Place will bring a new High Street with shops, a new medical centre, a Swan office to which our staff from Billericay will relocate to, as well as fantastic new public realm and 224 new homes.”
John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay said:
“My congratulations to Swan Housing, Basildon Council and all involved for their hard work in now moving this redevelopment forward. It’s a great plan and we now look forward to seeing it put into action.”
Cllr Tony Hedley, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration Committee said:
“The groundbreaking event marked an exciting step forward for Swan Housing. The redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
Since launching the initial commercial marketing strategy in January this year, Swan have been delighted to receive over 60 enquiries from individuals and businesses interested in leasing the new retail units in Phase 1. With works now commencing on site, this means that Swan expect the Shopping Centre to be vacant by February 2019 allowing for full demolition to take place shortly afterwards.
Swan expects to maintain essential services throughout the regeneration by delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to be continued. Swan are confident that they will be able to achieve a good mix of retailers, homes and public space to make Laindon Place attractive to local people and a new heart of the community at Laindon.
You can watch the Laindon video here: Laindon Regeneration Vision
Thank you for visiting the Laindon Futures website. You may have noticed that it really is #timeforchange at Laindon with much more activity on site, hoarding up and parking areas changed, to allow regeneration work to commence.
Since Swan bought the Laindon shopping centre three years ago, we have significantly improved the management and cleanliness of the centre, whilst keeping it open to the public at all times. We have undergone a large-scale consultation with the local community to ensure that residents’ views were taken into account. We got planning last year and since then have been dealing with the complexities of regenerating the centre, working with the retailers and adjoining owners including the NHS.
Now it is time to move into the next phase of the regeneration – moving towards the demolition of the centre so that we can build the new High Street, NHS Medical Centre, Swan office and new homes that the community have told us they want.
This weekend, the Co-op will cease trading, one of a number of retailers to have now closed. This is necessary to allow us to bring the regeneration forward. The original plan was to bring the redevelopment forward in two phases but in line with our desire to deliver it as quickly as possible, we are looking to demolish the centre earlier, putting in temporary shops to maintain key services to residents and to deliver the regeneration much faster. Once Co-op has closed, the local LIDL food-store will remain open to residents throughout the construction period.
Our teams are now onsite carrying out preliminary works and demolition of the existing centre is programmed for next year.
At Swan, we are committed to making this regeneration happen and giving the local community a high street that they want to live, work and shop in. Please come back again, to find out the latest on Laindon Place.
Swan Housing Association are delighted to announce they are another step closer to delivering Laindon Place. Part of the first phase of Swan’s regeneration project is on the site of the existing car park adjacent to the Laindon Health Centre. Swan owns this land and have installed signs notifying users that this car park will no longer be in operation from Monday 6 August. This area is being cleared so it can be hoarded, secured and prepared for works to be in-line with Swan’s construction programme.
Visitors to the Laindon Shopping Centre will still be able to park their cars in the car park at the back of the shopping centre, as well as the smaller car park and will have clear, safe access to the shops. Swan has already changed the hoarding leading from the shopping centre through to the health centre to ensure this is accessible for everyone visiting the health centre.
Swan are working closely with GP’s and the Practice Manager at the Laindon Health Centre. Swan will be creating wheelchair parking bays close to the entrance of the health centre and ambulances will still be able to pick up and drop off there. The existing staff parking underneath will be unaffected. Swan also has a white list in operation so all staff who work at the shopping centre and the health centre are unaffected and can continue to park for free for as long as they need.
To ensure shoppers are aware of how to continue to access the shopping centre, appropriate signage will be put up on site. Signage will also be put up to ensure users understand where they can continue to park for free for up to three hours. This is in line with what Swan previously implemented to prevent commuter parking in the car parks at the Laindon Shopping Centre, so that there is ample parking to allow visitors to the businesses operating in the centre.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, said:
“We are committed to delivering Laindon Place and are delighted to be starting on site. We have worked closely with the GPs and their Practice Manager to ensure they can continue to provide services to patients throughout the works including ensuring disabled bays are provided and ambulance access maintained. Laindon Centre staff can still park freely at the centre without charge and visitors to the centre can continue to park for free for up to three hours. This is yet another milestone for the Laindon Place project and takes us another step closer to building a new centre for Laindon that meets the aspirations of the local community”.
Swan have worked very closely with the Laindon Medical Group and their Practice Business Manager Debbie Crisp commented:
“The GPs at Laindon Medical Group together with the staff are delighted that work has at long last started on the redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre. We are aware that the works will cause some disruption but are working closely with Swan to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. We would like to remind patients that there are now more disabled bays available at the front of the surgery and that the area underneath the building is strictly for doctors to park this will ensure that there are no delays in visiting patients who need home visits.”
Swan are working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council on this key regeneration for the Borough and thank them for their continued support.Cllr Tony Hedley, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration Committee, said:
“This is an exciting step forward for Swan Housing. The redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
We were delighted to have recently shared the fantastic news that we will be bringing forward the regeneration of Laindon Centre. This means that the local community will be able enjoy even sooner the benefits of the new high street with new shops, food store and medical centre, as well as improved and greener public realm.
With works set to begin in the coming months, additional support works need to be carried out before we start demolition. As such, the current power supply to the shopping centre and Health Centre (located in the shopping centre) will need to be replaced and relocated to allow for continuity of service.
From Monday 23 July, we will be constructing two new sub-stations, which will be located in an area to the rear of the houses along Manor Road. The two sub-station buildings will be single story and measure approximately 4 meters by 3 square meters and are not expected to have a direct impact on local residents. Work will take place Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm and is likely to take around 7 weeks. We would like to reassure residents that dust and noise will be kept to minimum during these essential works.
We were thrilled to receive double success at the recent Planning Awards! We were fortunate to win in both of our shortlisted categories:
The Award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning for our regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre and the Award for Planning for Increased Housing Delivery for our Beechwood modular development. You can find out more about the Planning Awards here: The Planning Awards
Swan Housing Association have announced that they are bringing forward the regeneration of Laindon Centre so that the local community will be able enjoy the benefits of the new high street with new shops, anchor food store, medical centre, as well as improved and greener public realm even sooner.
Swan have been able to bring forward vacant possession of the Laindon Shopping Centre following the conclusion of an agreement with key tenants of the centre.
To enable Swan to ensure the centre can be demolished to make way for Laindon Place, Swan have now served notices on the existing retailers. This means that Swan now expect the Shopping Centre to be vacant by February 2019 allowing for full demolition to take place shortly afterwards.
Swan have taken this decision, as the existing Centre is unable to meet either the residents or retailers needs and because the local community have made it clear that their “Laindon Place” regeneration cannot come soon enough.
Now that these notices have been served Swan will be able to enter into negotiations with existing tenants who wish to return to Laindon Place and also with prospective new tenants.
John Synnuck, Swan’s Chief Executive commented:
“We are committed to bringing Laindon Place forward as quickly as we can to make sure that Laindon has the modern, vibrant High Strreet is deserves. By serving these notices, we can deliver Laindon Place sooner.”
Scott Logan, Basildon Council’s Managing Director, said:
“This a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Laindon Centre and the Council is delighted that the project has been brought forward. Laindon Place will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come.”
Since launching the Laindon Place branding and their initial commercial marketing strategy in January this year, Swan have been delighted to receive over 50 enquiries from individuals and businesses interested in leasing the new retail units in Phase 1. Initial discussions with some of those who have expressed an interest in the new units will now be progressed, along with discussions with those existing retailers who are interested in returning to Laindon Place. These discussions will continue over the coming weeks and months. All this means that Swan are confident that they will be able to achieve a good mix of retailers to make Laindon Place attractive to local people.
Swan appreciate that this will mean services will no longer be available for local residents through the centre, however, now that these notices have been served, Swan will endeavour to maintain essential services throughout the regeneration by delivering temporary retail space to allow key services to be continued.
Swan Housing Association’s plans for the Laindon Shopping Centre take a key step orward as they reveal the branding for their retail-led regeneration, which will transform the centre of Laindon bringing exciting new shops, a Swan office, a health centre and high quality new homes – making Laindon a great place to live, shop and work. The branding has been developed following the detailed consultation work Swan carried out before securing planningconsent for its award winning new scheme.
Luke Riley Swan’s Projects Director was joined by Cllr Stephen Hillier, Cllr Andrew Gordon, Cllr Allan Davies, Cllr Hazel Green and Cllr Frank Ferguson to unveil the new ‘Laindon Place’ branding which has been displayed on the hoarding surround the development site. Laindon Place was chosen as the brand, to reflect the scheme’s central position in Laindon and Laindon’s heritage.
Swan’s Chief Executive, John Synnuck commented:”We’ve been working in Basildon for almost 25 years, so we recognise how the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre is key to Laindon’s success as a place to live, shop and work. That’s why we stepped in and bought the Centre, so we could make this happen, after so many previous owners failed.
Laindon Place will transform a dilapidated and unattractive inward-looking centre into a new high street including new shops, a health centre and even a new Swan Office, to which our Billericay based staff will relocate. There will be stylish new homes too, all set in high-quality public space and when complete Laindon Place will be at the heart of a revitalised Laindon, benefitting existing and new residents.”
Swan will be marking their formal start of works on-site later in the Spring, but you can find out more on the newly launch website www.laindonplace.co.uk.
Once again our regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre is being recognised for its visionary design, with a shortlisting in this year’s RTPI Regional Awards for Planning Excellence!
The RTPI Regional Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate the high quality planning work done in the various regions of the UK (Laindon is in the Eastern Region). The emphasis of the Awards is originality and regional significance, especially in highlighting how a project has led to an enhancement of the physical environment, leading to recognisable social and economic benefit in terms of greater human happiness, safety and efficiency.
Our plans for Laindon will not only see a brand new high street, but also new homes, new public realm, health centre and Swan office. The dilapidated centre, which has seen six previous developers fail to bring about its transformation, will finally get the regeneration it deserves, We are thrilled to see, once again, the Laindon team’s hard work and dedication to the project (along with our partners) being recognised.
The winners will be announced in November.
Swan Housing Association and its architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and C.F. Møller were successful at the prestigious National Housing Awards, with judges awarding their plans for both the regeneration of Laindon Shopping Centre and the Craylands Estate in Basildon, with the coveted ‘Best Scheme in Planning’ award.
The Laindon Shopping Centre regeneration won the category overall! This exciting scheme will bring a brand new high street, Swan office, health centre and Swan’s precision engineered modular homes (built in Swan’s new factory in Basildon) to Laindon.
Swan’s Laindon regeneration has also recently been shortlisted in the Architects’ Journal Awards 2017 for ‘Masterplan of the Year’ and, in the summer, won the coveted “Best Regeneration” award at the Housing Design Awards 2017.
The NHA 2017 Judges said about Laindon ‘The winning entry was excellent, a great scheme that is both regenerative and visionary and brings residential and commercial uses together to create a new heart for the town.’
Beechwood West, was highly commended in the same category. This latest phase of Swan’s regeneration of the 1960’s Craylands Estate in Basildon (which it is delivering in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency) will deliver over 560 mixed tenure, precision engineered homes, built in Swan’s new factory. Over 250 will be fully customisable by the buyer using an online “configurator”, just as you might design a car.
The NHA 2017 judges said they wanted to highly commend Beechwood because it was “a refreshingly different submission, not only with the design of the homes but also the self-build/customisation. It shows outstanding community engagement and the use of innovative construction and local labour is fantastic and deserves recognition.”
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan said:
“As a long-standing local housing provider with a clear social purpose, we are committed to the regeneration of both the Laindon Centre and the Craylands Estate. To be recognised in the highly prestigious NHA 2017 awards for both these Basildon based regenerations, highlights our commitment to bringing the highest quality of design and public realm to Basildon. We were particularly delighted that the judges recognised our engagement with local people too, as we strive to ensure we work with local people to create the high quality homes and communities that they want and deserve”.
Carl Vann, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards commented: ‘We are delighted that both Beechwood West and the Laindon Centre have been recognised by the National Housing Awards. Both projects represent visionary approaches to the delivery of homes within a wider regeneration strategy – combining modular construction, customer choice and house building alongside vital new community facilities.’
Rolf Nielsen MAA ARB RIBA, Associate Partner, C.F. Møller Architects said of the Laindon project: ‘We are very proud to have been part of a great team working on this important project. To have the recognition of the prestigious National Housing Awards is a tremendous honour. We sincerely thank our collaboration partners, PTE and our client Swan, for joining us in creating and realising a strong vision for revitalising this central part of Laindon.’
Swan Housing Association, which is delivering the £50m regeneration of the dilapidated 1960’s Landon Shopping Centre are today reassuring local residents of their commitment to the delivery of this long awaited regeneration by confirming their plans for works to begin onsite over the coming months.
Since Swan was granted planning consent from Basildon Borough Council earlier this year, its dedicated Laindon development team have been working closely with a number of partners including architects, designers and local planning officers to finalise the terms of the planning conditions and the accompanying legal agreement setting out the planning obligations for the development. These will be completed very soon and so the team are working to set out a timeline of development works and local engagement activity to ensure that Laindon residents are getting the high-quality regeneration they deserve. Improvements have already been made to the car parking at the Centre, which have been positively received.
In the coming months local people will see hoarding erected around the Laindon site as groundworks begin near the current Health Centre as well as on the land south of the roundabout at the end of Burdock Drive. These initial works will involve moving some of the existing earth around to create the right levels for the new buildings. As this work gets underway, the Swan team will strive to ensure that shopping centre customers and health centre users can continue to use the centre with as little disruption as is possible.
Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development, Geoff Pearce said: “We remain committed to delivering the regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre. We will continue to work closely with local residents and partners to keep them updated as this landmark project progresses and look forward to continuing the on-going consultation with local stakeholders. Over 600 residents showed their support of our plans which will see a brand new high street, homes, health centre and Swan Office. We are confident that our project will succeed where others have faltered before, because at Swan we are dedicated to delivering exemplary homes and communities and to continuing our support of the residents of Laindon as we have for almost 25 years”
The Swan team will be maintaining dialogue with local residents, stakeholders and local councillors over the coming months.
Following Basildon Council’s unanimous decision in February to approve Swan’s planning application to deliver the retail led regeneration that Laindon deserves, the Swan team are working hard to develop detailed designs for our new scheme and are also working with Basildon Council and Essex County Council to discharge the various planning conditions and finalise the S106 Agreement for the scheme.
Once this work is complete, Swan will commence phase one of the regeneration which will deliver a new high street layout for Laindon as well as a mix of new shops, a brand-new, larger and more fit-for-purpose modern health centre, ample car parking, new homes and a new Swan office.
Over the coming months you will see new hoarding go up and the team starting enabling works on site!
We will post further information on social media and this website to keep you posted. So please do keep an eye out for future updates.
Swan are delighted to announce that their plans to deliver the long awaited retail-led regeneration of the Laindon Centre will become a reality, after Basildon Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve their planning application at a meeting last night.
It comes after the local community backed the plans with almost 300 local residents signing letters of support and over 300 local residents signing up to support the plans on www.laindonfutures.co.uk.
At the heart of Swan’s plans for the wholesale redevelopment of the shopping centre is a brand new high street with shops, landscaped space, a new Swan office, a modern health centre and homes.
Now that Swan have the green light from the Council to regenerate the Laindon Centre, enabling works will start on site later this year. Swan will also be progressing with detailed design work and anticipate main construction starting on site with the first phase in early 2018.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted with the Council’s decision to give us the green light to start delivering the retail-led regeneration that Laindon deserves. Today is a momentous day for Laindon and the future is looking bright for the local area. We’ve worked tirelessly to produce plans that really can be delivered and we’re excited get the redevelopment work underway hopefully by the end of this year. Our plans for Laindon are part of our continued commitment to Basildon and we’re looking forward to investing further in the borough in the future.”
Cllr Phil Turner, Leader of Basildon Borough Council said:
“Helping to ensure the regeneration of the Laindon Shopping Centre has been a longstanding priority for Basildon Council, so I am delighted to see this application approved.Swan’s proposals for the site – a combination of modern homes, shops and health facilities – will be a true asset to the community for generations to come.We have worked closely with Swan to bring the project to this stage and will strive to continue this strong relationship to ensure these plans become a reality.”
Carl Vann, Partner and Pollard Thomas Edwards, said:
“Pollard Thomas Edwards is delighted to be acting as architects in collaboration with CF Moller, to deliver Swan’s vision for this significant location. We have worked closely with the community to develop a high street proposal that is a true ‘centre of gravity’ for the local and wider area. The proposal re-imagines the centre of Laindon, bringing not just bricks and mortar, but a wider view to deliver an attractive walkable setting for new homes, shopping and working; whilst also addressing local resident concerns to reduce traffic speeds and promote a sense of community and neighbourliness.”
Ray Houghton, Partner from Bidwells, Planning Consultants for the project, said:
“It is great news that this exciting development has been given the go ahead. The detailed proposals had an unprecedented level of support from the local community who clearly felt the scheme is exactly what is needed for Laindon’s rejuvenation. The application represents the culmination of an ongoing and comprehensive process of engagement with residents, stakeholders and Basildon Council and is one which everyone can be justifiably proud of.”
“A regenerated Laindon Shopping Centre is the fresh start Laindon really needs… and 2017 is the year we can finally make it happen!” says Geoff Pearce, Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development.”
Swan Commercial Services, a subsidiary of Swan Housing Association, submitted a planning application in November that proposes wholesale redevelopment of the failing shopping centre to bring about a brand new high street with shops, a new Swan office, a modern health centre and homes. Swan widely consulted on its plans and was delighted that 83% of those local residents who participated in the public consultations support the proposals.
Swan is eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on whether to approve the plans, which is expected in Spring 2017. They are keen to get the long awaited regeneration underway and have indicated that, should Basildon Council approve the planning application, enabling works could begin by the end of 2017.
Swan are now asking local people who want to see Laindon Shopping Centre transformed to show publicly their support by signing up online on laindonfutures.co.uk. You can also show your support by submitting your comments via Basildon Council’s website – www.basildon.gov.uk/eplanning using planning reference: 16/01594/FULL
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan, added:
“We are eagerly awaiting Basildon Council’s decision on our planning application to help build a bright future for Laindon, that has a vibrant new high street with shops, landscaped space, homes and a re-provided health centre at its heart. The redevelopment of the Laindon Centre is long overdue and our application is the chance for a fresh start and, if approved, will give Laindon the retail led regeneration it has waited so long for. We have worked hard to develop a viable plan for this regeneration and are determined to succeed where so many other previous owners have failed. We are thankful for the huge support we received from people in Laindon and Langdon Hills during our in-depth consultation and we urge local residents who support our plans to get behind us by endorsing our plans once more to help ensure that, this time, we really can make this regeneration a reality.”
The Laindon Shopping Centre, originally built in the 1970s, is in a poor state of disrepair and is not fit for modern retail needs. Laindon deserves much better than this. Redevelopment will provide new shops, offices and a much more appealing environment for shoppers with an improved public realm. Regeneration will also be able to re-provide a health centre at the site for local people, as well as new homes.
If you want to see the Laindon Shopping Centre redeveloped and support Swan’s proposals to build a new retail-led scheme local people can be proud of show your support by signing up here
We are delighted to announce that local residents have given their thumbs up to our emerging vision for the redevelopment the Laindon Shopping Centre and to confirm that 83% of those who submitted feedback during the consultation said that they support the draft proposals.
Following a two day exhibition we held locally in July (attended by over 650 people!) and the online posting of our draft plans, which included a proposal to re-establish a vibrant high street, a new Swan Head office, parking, a supermarket, green landscaping and new homes, 330 people have submitted feedback on our vision, either at the exhibition, by posting our questionnaire back to us using Freepost or via this laindonfutures website. This infographic gives you the headline results of the consultation.
We are currently reviewing the feedback received so as to ensure that it informs the development of the plans. Our aim is to exhibit our final Masterplan for the Laindon Shopping Centre to local residents in September, before submitting a planning application in the Autumn to Basildon Council.
“We’re delighted that local residents are lending their support to our plans for the long-awaited redevelopment of the Laindon Shopping Centre. Bringing back a vibrant High Street to Laindon is at the forefront of our vision to regenerate the Centre and we’re glad that the vast majority of people who gave feedback like our proposed design for a Laindon High Street.
As well as the positive feedback received, we are looking carefully at some of the key issues raised by residents including parking provision, layout of the new high street, traffic management, the mix of shops and future of the health centre.
We want local people to have the opportunity to view these revised plans in September before a planning application is submitted to the Council in the Autumn.”