Basildon Council’s Planning Committee last night (Tuesday 11 September) approved an application for the construction of a new college campus on the site of the current Basildon Market.
The existing buildings on the land will be demolished to make way for a three-storey campus to be used by South Essex College, which will focus on IT, digital technologies and science provision. The development is also set to include car parking, public open space, a substation, shops, access and landscaping.
This marks the next key step in the transformation of the town centre, with a replacement market in St Martin’s Square nearing completion and significant public realm improvements underway. In July, proposals to transform East Square with a 10-screen cinema operated by Empire Cinemas and six new restaurants were approved by the Planning Committee.