THURROCK Council will receive a total of £819,000 from government to support improvements to council housing for residents and identify where new housing could be built.
Thurrock’s successful bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government of £595,000 will help the council to look at options for improvements and plans to benefit residents.
£224,000 will be allocated to Thurrock from the Homes and Community Agency’s (HCA) capacity fund to help the council identify potential sites for the future.
Leader of the Council and Housing Portfolio Holder, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “The funding shows the continued support Thurrock has received from government.
“In order for us to carry out improvements on a large scale, a lot of background work has to go into it. This funding will allow us to do that and spend Thurrock’s money on the improvements themselves.
“It supports the ongoing work we are doing around the full stock condition survey, and enhance the quality and supply of housing in Thurrock – including affordable housing.
“We must also look at what our needs are going to be in the coming years – planning for this cannot wait and is already underway through developing a new Local Plan for Thurrock.”