COUNCILLORS have approved plans to replace the dilapidated Laindon Centre with a new shopping parade, a medical centre and 224 residential units.
The Lidl supermarket would be demolished under the plans, submitted by Swan Housing Association, and replaced with houses, but a new large food store is included in the proposal.
The new medical centre – which would be either three or four storeys – would have 30 per cent more floorspace than the existing one, according to a planning report.
The plans include a ’traditional high street’ with eight new blocks.
Five would have retail units on the ground floor with between two and four storeys of flats on top.
One would be a mixture of retail and office space and another two would be purely residential.
A communal green space would be created for the occupants of all eight buildings to share.
There will also be a new ’network of pedestrian priority streets’ lined by a mixture of terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, of two, three and four bedrooms.
The southbound carriageway on High Road would be narrowed to ’encourage lower vehicle speeds’, while pavements would be widened.
New on-street car parking would be created to ’encourage pass-by trade’, while new street-lighting, seating and trees would also be installed to improve the area.