Conservative led Council acquires Baytree Shopping Centre
Brentwood Conservatives have taken a significant step in shaping our town centre for the future. The acquisition of the Baytree shopping centre from its venture capital owners, means that Brentwood Council is now in the driving seat and can bring forward proposals to not just re-invigorate the centre but also the surrounding area.
For too long, there has been talk of a cinema in the town. Many of us remember the days when there was a cinema at Chapel High. Acquisition of the Baytree Centre now means, we can seriously continue the conversations with cinema operators, and we are in a strong position to do so. We have also been talking with some big brand retailers, who are also very interested in being part of a revamped Baytree Centre. Increased town centre hotel capacity is also in the mix for Baytree centre proposals.
The town centre needs investment, Covid-19 has heightened the urgency. As a landowner at this prime location, we can now move the conversation on at pace.
Cllr Chris Hossack said “I am deadly serious about delivering something significant for Brentwood town centre and I don’t want to spend ages talking about it. This development will have a knock-on effect, giving us room to manoeuvre on other regeneration projects with other town centre sites we own, such a William Hunter Way”
He added “Brentwood is set to see a level of investment that it has not seen for many years. Since I became leader 18 months ago, we have been working up proposals and negotiating this position. Now we are owners, our destiny is in our own hands and I am confident we can deliver something exciting for Brentwood residents”.