A TROUBLED Thurrock Council housing project returns to the planning committee on Thursday (Feb 23rd).
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.
The new application comes with a new application. It states:
“Gloriana has re-assessed its financial model and although the return from the housing development will be lower, the company will offer to provide:
• 20% (26 units) of affordable housing and £640,000 financial contributions – based on some of the affordable housing being shared ownership; or
• 22% (28 units) of affordable housing and £300,000 financial contributions – based on some of the affordable housing being shared ownership.
“The preference being the first option (i.e. 20% affordable housing and a £640,000 financial contribution).”
The original report detailed how the removal of asbestos from the contaminated land has cost in the region of £3.3 million.