Lakeside's £180million expansion gets the green light

An artist's impression of how the plans might look

An artist's impression of how the plans might look

First published in News

LAKESIDE Shopping Centre has got the go-ahead for its £180million expansion.

The centre will be extended to add up to 40 shops, restaurants, and cafes after Thurrock Council’s planning committee gave the application the green light.

The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs during the three-year construction, and 2,600 permanent jobs within the shopping centre itself.

Lakeside’s general manager, Paul Lancaster, said: “The council’s unanimous decision is great news for shoppers and local people, paving the way for major investment in Thurrock, including thousands of jobs and a modern new bus station.

“Our shoppers drive everything we do at Lakeside, and they played a vital part in shaping these plans.

“We will continue to listen to shoppers and local people in the coming months as we develop a timetable to deliver this investment and develop proposals for a major new leisure space to complement this £180million expansion.”

The initial plans will see part of the existing Debenhams store demolished, along with the bus station, to make way for the extension.

There will be around 12 new units on the lower level and nine above it on a mezzanine floor.

To the east of Debenhams, another two-storey extension is planned, and there could also be another three storey extension to the north.

Shops would be accessed from a new external street and public square, with a mix of shops, financial services, hot-food takeways and restaurants.

Further one and two storey extensions and buildings across the site will add more shops, restaurants, a convenience store and a bus passenger waiting area.

A new bus station is likely to be built adjacent to the existing bridge link to Chafford Hundred railway station.

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5:15pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Thurrock Trojan says...

What is the point in expanding Lakeside when the site already has dozens of vacant retail outlets?

This is money wasted as far as I am concerned.
What is the point in expanding Lakeside when the site already has dozens of vacant retail outlets? This is money wasted as far as I am concerned. Thurrock Trojan
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5:47pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Thurrock bus man says...

Thurrock Trojan - But what it does do is provide jobs at a time when they are needed and you also get a new bus station and hopefully some new leisure facilities out of it - can't say thats at all bad!
Thurrock Trojan - But what it does do is provide jobs at a time when they are needed and you also get a new bus station and hopefully some new leisure facilities out of it - can't say thats at all bad! Thurrock bus man
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Thurrock Trojan says...

Not that many jobs will be created because the retail sector is suffering due to the current economic climate. Things will eventually improve but not overnight.

It will take us years to get out of austerity because of George Osborne's incompetence - and Labour's.
Not that many jobs will be created because the retail sector is suffering due to the current economic climate. Things will eventually improve but not overnight. It will take us years to get out of austerity because of George Osborne's incompetence - and Labour's. Thurrock Trojan
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Tue 7 Aug 12

wobblybob says...

If I want to shop at Tesco Lakeside the current bus station is just about walkable when I'm loaded with groceries. The new bus station will double the distance, so I won't be shopping at Tesco anymore.
Perhaps Ensign or First Bus can be pursuaded to serve Tesco like they used to.
If I want to shop at Tesco Lakeside the current bus station is just about walkable when I'm loaded with groceries. The new bus station will double the distance, so I won't be shopping at Tesco anymore. Perhaps Ensign or First Bus can be pursuaded to serve Tesco like they used to. wobblybob
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Tue 7 Aug 12

SaveOurStanford says...

Lets hope it includes the 25 years waited Slip roads Thurrock side of the A13 rather than the current struggling routes. Also lets return to Family friendly hours Close at 8pm so kids are dragged round till midnight by parent who are forced to work at this Fake marble mall .
Lets hope it includes the 25 years waited Slip roads Thurrock side of the A13 rather than the current struggling routes. Also lets return to Family friendly hours Close at 8pm so kids are dragged round till midnight by parent who are forced to work at this Fake marble mall . SaveOurStanford
  • Score: 2

9:33pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Mr Disgusted says...

This will only do one thing!!!and that is make it even worse at Christmas to get around Lakeside by bus,car.
And there are already emptiy shops in Lakeside BUT yes I do think that there is a big need for a better waiting area at the bus Station but there again I have been going on bout this for years!!!!!!as it's so cold/windy in Winter BUT will the new Station be away from the main Center!!!!!!!
This will only do one thing!!!and that is make it even worse at Christmas to get around Lakeside by bus,car. And there are already emptiy shops in Lakeside BUT yes I do think that there is a big need for a better waiting area at the bus Station but there again I have been going on bout this for years!!!!!!as it's so cold/windy in Winter BUT will the new Station be away from the main Center!!!!!!! Mr Disgusted
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5:53am Wed 8 Aug 12

Thurrockbob says...

Lakeside is a dump, so this will just make it a bigger dump!
Lakeside is a dump, so this will just make it a bigger dump! Thurrockbob
  • Score: 0

4:47pm Wed 8 Aug 12

Dave_ says...

What leisure facilities?
Where is there mention of something that isn't another poxy restaurant / take away.
Where's the bowling alley or ice rink or something that isn't just food or cinema?
What leisure facilities? Where is there mention of something that isn't another poxy restaurant / take away. Where's the bowling alley or ice rink or something that isn't just food or cinema? Dave_
  • Score: 3

10:48pm Wed 8 Aug 12

d_2da_ougle says...

where were they ment to put these slip roads they promised i never recall any mention of them the current entrances and exits are at jct 30-31 and just by the treacle mine the one direct for lakeside on the a13 is a exit and entrance from londbound traffic only you cant put entrances and exit slip roads southend bound of this jct as the rail way line obscurs it not also to mention the whol area inbetween is supposed to be green belt a part of the mardyke
where were they ment to put these slip roads they promised i never recall any mention of them the current entrances and exits are at jct 30-31 and just by the treacle mine the one direct for lakeside on the a13 is a exit and entrance from londbound traffic only you cant put entrances and exit slip roads southend bound of this jct as the rail way line obscurs it not also to mention the whol area inbetween is supposed to be green belt a part of the mardyke d_2da_ougle
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