intu unveils exciting vision for Essex community living


intu, owner of some of the UK’s largest and most popular retail destinations, today unveiled its vision to create a new community on the doorstep of intu Lakeside.

Located at the south end of the centre, this new development will bring a mix of over 1,000 modern homes to rent, catering for individuals, couples and families alike, creating high quality, community living in the heart of Essex and just 30 minutes from Fenchurch Street.

Early designs for the development also include public and private open spaces, dedicated lifestyle facilities, lakeside views, and a range of attractive landscaping and design features integrated with the existing centre, ensuring residents can benefit from everything that intu Lakeside has to offer.

Martin Breeden, development director at intu, comments: “This new community will be the next phase of major development of our flagship locations and is something we announced in our annual results earlier this year. Our aim is to create something very special, that will sit alongside an established and thriving destination where we have already invested £72m in a fantastic new leisure development. Our long-term vision is to create a vibrant new community right on the doorstep of one of the UK’s best retail and leisure destinations.”

He added: “What we are sharing is an early view of an exciting opportunity for individuals, friends, couples and families to rent modern homes that suit their lives and lifestyles, including excellent connectivity to public transport. For us, it’s a vision to build a place for people to live, play, shop and work.”

Plans will be on display at an initial public consultation, which will take place at the central atrium on level one at intu Lakeside on Friday 12 July, between 12.00pm and 7.00pm, where members of the team will be on-hand to discuss early designs and listen to people’s initial feedback.

Development proposals and full public consultation will then follow in the coming months.

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