Council secures millions for new homes in Thurrock

THURROCK Council has secured millions in government funding to build 140 affordable homes for rent by 2018.

The £4.6 million support from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will fund the building of one- and two-bedroomed housing and family homes across the borough. The HCA provides much of the funding to build or improve affordable homes nationally.

The homes will be developed on sites across the borough if they get planning permission and consultations with local people go well.

The sites include:

25 homes in Calcutta Rd, Tilbury, designed to the latest standards for older people
Two developments totalling 42 homes in Chadwell St Mary
Ten homes in Ockendon.
The council already has planning permission for another 53 new homes included in the HCA announcement in Seabrooke Rise, Grays.

It is hoped that many of the homes in Chadwell St Mary will be bungalows, a move particularly aimed at helping both local families and older people seeking to downsize.

Thurrock Council’s housing portfolio holder, Cllr Lynn Worrall, said: “This is an exciting time in Thurrock but the growth we are driving must produce both quality homes and jobs for local people.

“The HCA has recognised the need for these affordable homes in Thurrock and the quality of our plans for delivering them.

“However this is still the early phase of our housing ambitions and we will continue to work with our partners in the private and voluntary sector to deliver the target of 18,500 new homes in the borough by 2021.”

Conservative Leader and spokesman for housing Councillor Rob Gledhill said “I welcome this extra money from Government and every new home built will help a family or young couple secure a home or help free up larger properties by allowing residents down size.

“However I hope that before they are built the Council learns lessons from its existing stock and builds homes that are resistant to mould, energy efficient and meet the practical needs of modern life. Indeed this should be something that the Council should be insisting on in all new home building, along with sufficient infrastructure being put in place before new homes are built.”

Work is to get underway this autumn on an earlier round of HCA-supported affordable housing. This includes a 12-home development in Bracelet Rd, Corringham and 25 affordable rent/shared ownership specialist flats for older people in Derry Avenue in South Ockendon.

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