A LEADING UKIP councillor has expressed “deep concern” that a new council building project in Tilbury could see rents as much as £1400 a month.
At the planning committee held on the December 15th, Gloriana Ltd entered an application for a Deed of Modification to the s106 legal agreement for planning permission regarding the development on St Chads Road. The application requested that the existing s106 agreement be varied to delete the obligation to the provision of on-site affordable housing.
When the new scheme was unveiled three years ago, the then Labour administration trumpeted it as a great way of building new homes in Tilbury with affordable rents.
The initial application was refused, with both UKIP and Labour councillors expressing their deep reservations. An amendment proposed by Labour councillor, Gerard Rice to “have another look” at proposal was passed.
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UKIP Thurrock Housing Spokesman, Cllr Spillman said: “Gloriana is 100% owned by Thurrock Council and managed by senior management within the Council. The delivery of affordable homes for the people of Tilbury was one of the foundations of the St Chads development. This application would have served to freeze out local residents from accessing these new homes.
“The people of Tilbury will rightfully feel betrayed if they see these 45 homes, once completed, being marketed with rents of between £1000-£1400/month. Gloriana must serve Thurrock residents, not act as a further catalyst for gentrification and social cleansing.
“I will be meeting with senior management at the council and asking questions of the leader of the council. I intend to find out whether we can salvage the affordable housing at St Chads and how we can avoid ever being in this position again with Gloriana developments.”
YT will publish a second news item looking more fully at the Gloriana Project.