Essex

Lakeside Shopping Centre unveils £180m development plan

The proposed interchange area at Lakeside
Image caption An artist's impression of the proposed interchange area at Lakeside

A major shopping complex in Essex has unveiled its £180m expansion plans.

The proposals for Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock include up to 40 new shops and an integrated transport hub.

Its owners, Capital Shopping Centres, claim the development would create more than 2,500 jobs once it is complete as well as related employment in the area.

Plans will be on show to shoppers until 22 October and a planning application will go to Thurrock Development Corporation later this year.

Lakeside general manager, Paul Lancaster, said he was "very excited" about the proposed development.

He said: "The £180m project is a major statement of our confidence in Lakeside.

"We hope it will further raise the profile of Thurrock for other businesses."

Lakeside, which opened in 1990, currently employs 6,000 people and sees about 25 million shoppers each year.

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