WORK will start preparing the way for building 128 family homes in Tilbury during April, Thurrock Council’s housing portfolio holder has announced.
Cllr Lynn Worrall was speaking on Friday (27 March) after the council gave permission to go ahead during Wednesday night’s meeting.
She said: “We have already done a little bit of preparatory work on the St Chad’s site but in April we will be clearing the site, we will be making it plain this is a Thurrock Council Gloriana project, and in June we will start building.
“This has been a long time coming, but we will be creating 128 two-, three- and some four-bedroom affordable family houses there. We already have planning permission.”
Cllr Worrall added: “These won’t be ‘council homes’ in the traditional way, but Thurrock Council will be the landlord as we expect these houses will be rented initially – and rented by local people – but they will also be available to buy through shared-equity and even outright – at market value.”
A report to council said the scheme is made up if “128 terraced and courtyard houses in a grid pattern of avenues, streets and mews that echoes the mid-20th century street pattern”.
It explained there would be “a sequence of public spaces and a linear park arranged diagonally to connect with the surrounding countryside”. There are eight four-bedroom houses but the development is predominantly two- and three- bedroom ones.
Cllr Worrall explained: “We believe Thurrock is unique in putting this sort of scheme together, although others look like they will be following our lead.
“These homes will be affordable for local people, both for rent and sale. This is about development and growth – a catalyst but not a competitor to developers showing potential investors building good-quality, well-designed housing is possible and attractive in Thurrock.”