An artist's impression of what the new shop and flats in Billericay would look like

Article by Simon Murfitt: A three-storey building with a shop and two flats above it could be built at the top of Billericay High Street if plans get the green light.

Billericay Town Council discussed the plan for land at the junction of Stock Road and Radford Way at a meeting of the planning committee on Tuesday evening (January 17).

The plans would see a heptagonal-shaped building with a retail unit on the ground floor and a two-bed flat on each of the next two floors. There are also plans to have two parking spaces underneath the building.

The application references that planning permission was granted for a three-storey retail unit on December 23, 2008, in the same place.

It states that this demonstrates "the requirement to improve the appearance at this key junction leading into Billericay High Street."

The application adds:

The heptagonal-shaped building is sympathetic in design with the existing parade of shops especially whilst masking the existing large brickwork flank wall that currently dominates the views to the junction. The proposed building is situated in the same position as the previous approved. Amenity space is provided by the way of balconies and it is noted that the site is close Billericay train and bus station. Overall, we believe this to be a well thought out scheme with the use of high-quality materials and would enhance the current diverse corner of Radford Way.

The fate of the application will be decided by Basildon Council at a later date.

In the meantime residents can give their views via the Basildon Council planning portal.

Read original article by Simon Murfitt, Essex Live

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