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Work starts on more affordable council housing

Published Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Councillors on site of affordable homes

Construction of 16 new council homes has started in Rochford Road and Audleys Close.

The homes, which will be let at affordable rent via the council’s housing register, include three, three bed houses, 12, two bed flats and one, two bed bungalow.

The ground floor flats and bungalow will be wheelchair accessible and all will make use of renewable energy via solar roof panels. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2019.

This work marks the second phase of the council’s affordable housing development programme, following on from the successful completion of 18 homes in Shoeburyness. Future phases of the programme are set to follow, which could deliver another 40-50 new affordable homes across the Borough.

Cllr Tony Cox, cabinet member for adults and housing, says: “This development demonstrates the Council’s continued commitment to the delivery affordable housing within the borough.

“Genuinely affordable rented accommodation is crucial to address the national housing crisis, and by ensuring that the rents will not exceed Local Housing Allowance levels, the Council is able to offer the prospective tenants security and comfort which can be difficult to find in the private rented sector.

“I am delighted that this project has started, and look forward to tracking its swift progress and seeing new tenants moving in later next year.”

Local Essex based companies will be used for the project, including AK Design as architect, Marfleet Construction as the main contractor and Qualitas Inspection as clerk of the works. Pellings LLP are employers agent for the project.