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Basildon might be nearly 10 miles from the Thames, but it is still part of the planned regeneration of the area. The big plans are to completely remodel the town centre and bring new businesses to the town.

The vision

Basildon town centre
The sun setting over Basildon

The plan is for 10,700 new homes and 11,000 extra jobs in Basildon District by 2021. The first place money will be spent is within the A127 Enterprise Corridor. 

This is where two thirds of Basildon’s 60,000 person workforce is currently based. The town’s always sold itself as a good place to do business as it is only 25 miles from London, or 35 minutes by train.

The town centre will be completely pulled apart and reshaped and it should all start very soon.

Basildon was built as a new town after the Second World War and was at the forefront of the experiment to create a new style of living.

However, many people agree times have changed and the centre of the town now needs a serious makeover.

A map of the plans
The overall design for Basildon

Pitsea is also part of the proposed changes with new homes and jobs coming to the town centre.

When is it happening?

The development of the Basildon area will take place in phases over the next 20 years, but the district council has already sold some of the contracts to do the work.

There should be one million square feet of additional retail, leisure and office floorspace and 3,650 new homes to create a town centre that is also a living community.

There has already been a public consultation in Pitsea on the plans for the town centre.


Built as a new town after the Second World War, Basildon was at the forefront of the experiment to create a new style of living.

The numbers

  • 3,650 new homes in Basildon town centre
  • 49,000 square metres of retail and leisure floorspace

  • 55,000 square metres of office space

  • 500 new homes and 500 new jobs in Pitsea town centre

Who's involved?

The Basildon Renaissance Partnership was established in 2003 to lead the regeneration in the town.

It is a partnership with Basildon District Council and is currently in the process of producing its Regeneration Framework, due for completion in April 2007.

This will layout detailed plans for Basildon.

Essential links

These links will give you more information about the development of Basildon.

Basildon Renaissance >
Basildon District Council >
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