THURROCK Council’s innovative private housing scheme, Gloriana, is getting off the ground, quite literally, in Tilbury.
On Tuesday (22 March) Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent, and housing portfolio holder, Cllr Lynn Worrall were at the St Chad’s Road site to see the work for themselves.
They heard from Willmott Dixon Operations Director, Steve Kitchen, that the foundations on phase one of the site were complete, bricks were being laid, and the necessary piling in other areas of the site were nearly over.
Mr Kitchen said his company was “delighted” to be working with Thurrock Council and Gloriana on the project – their fourth in Thurrock with the council – and St Chad’s would provide 128 new, quality and affordable two-, three-, and four-bedroomed homes for sale or rent in 2017.
Cllr Kent said: “What is always a pleasure when visiting Willmott Dixon sites in Thurrock is greeting the people I know, the local people working on the project. It was the same when I visited The Echoes in Grays and it is the same here.”
He added: “Gloriana, a company wholly owned by the council, is showing how it is possible to build in Thurrock and to build for local people in affordable ways – whether that’s to sell outright, to share equity, or to rent.
“We are determined we will create top-quality homes local people can afford to live in, the first Gloriana homes are here in Tilbury and soon we’ll be seeing more too..”
Cllr Worrall added: “Gloriana is something we should all be very proud of and I believe others will follow our lead.
“We need new homes and more importantly we need new affordable homes; homes where local people can bring up their families.”
Cllr Kent explained: “Gloriana is not about social housing, it is not the same as a council house, it will not be under the control of the Housing Revenue Account, and it will not be subject to the Right to Buy.
“What it is about is trying to kick-start home building in Thurrock, there are still thousands of planning approvals where work has not started; it is about proving building homes in Thurrock is possible; and it is about providing a mix of housing – primarily private affordable rent, but also for sale and for shared equity.”