New frontier for council housing plans in Thurrock

LAST Thursday’s (21 July) Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee heard the latest update for the council’s plans for housing development and estate regeneration.

The update acknowledged the completion of the first affordable housing schemes (the Echoes at Seabrooke Rise, Grays and Bruyns Court, South Ockendon) delivering 78 new homes.

As well as this, the first Gloriana Thurrock Limited led project (St Chads in Tilbury) is well underway and will complete the first of 128 new homes in 2017.

Further good news came in the form of a second wave of affordable housing projects going through planning including those on Calcutta Road in Tilbury, Claudian Way in Chadwell St Mary and the former Topps Club site in Grays.

The update report outlined 11 principles that are to be used to guide the development of an estate regeneration programme. The proposed principles include giving existing tenants the right to return to a property at the same location and any construction work being undertaken will be under the assumption of “build first, demolish later”.

Chair of the committee, Cllr Gerard Rice, said: “It is great to hear about so many positive housing projects going on throughout the borough, as we are always in need of more affordable housing.”

Cllr Rice added: “Councillors hear many complaints from residents about their accommodation not being fit for modern life.

“Some estates were built before central heating, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and other appliances that cause damp and mould. The council must make sure that any new housing is suitable for modern life and meets the needs of its residents.”

For more information on housing projects in the borough go to: thurrock.gov.uk/housing

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