Apartments proposal for site of long abandoned offices in Laindon

Offices in Basildon which have been abandoned for more than a decade could be turned into new apartments.

Laindon Holdings Limited have submitted a notification to Basildon Borough Council of plans to replace the units near Laindon Community Centre with 18 apartments, which was validated on January 31, 2022.

The applicant also owns neighbouring apartments at 1-5 Dunston Road, which were granted permission in 2019 and have since been completed.

According to a planning statement, the site has been vacant since 2010.

A section read: “The application site occupies a highly accessible location and is within easy walking of the services and facilities at Laindon town centre.

“Bus services are available along High Road and the railway station is a short distance to the south.”

The development would consist of nine one-bed and nine two-bed apartments, the statement continues.

It also notes Laindon town centre will be subject to “considerable change” as a result of its regeneration.

The applicant owns an “extensive” area of land to the south which will benefit from coming mixed-use developments, including plans for new offices, flats and a petrol filling station.

This particular site is a cluster of buildings around a central parking courtyard off Aston Road, the statement continues.

16 parking spaces will be retained and available for use by the future inhabitants of the apartments.

Previously, the units at the site were designated for commercial, business and service uses.

Laindon Holdings Limited is seeking a change of use under Permitted Development Rights, according to the notification.

This means it would be able to carry out certain building works for the apartments, such as changing the usage rights for the buildings, without planning permission.

The similar development at 1-4 Dunton Road was also constructed under Permitted Development Rights.

The offices themselves were first constructed under the approval of the Basildon Development Corporation and were last occupied by St Georges Community Housing Limited, the statement continues.

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Charlie Ridler

Local Democracy Reporter