Lundy Close development options set to be discussed by Cabinet

The council’s cabinet are to discuss development proposals to build Council homes on land adjacent to Lundy Close, Eastwood.

2 construction workers in high vis clothing working on a site

A report to be considered by cabinet (item 18, Tuesday 15 September) sets out three options for development on vacant land at Lundy Close, including a preferred option which would see between nine and 12 homes being built on the northern plot of land, all of which would be council housing.

The Lundy Close project is Phase 4 of the HRA Land Review project which is part of the council’s approved housing strategy. Approved in January 2019, phase 4 follows the development of other council housing across the Borough, including Ashanti Close and Rochford Road.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council with responsibility for housing, said: “The proposed development of land at Lundy Close forms one part of the vital HRA Land Review project which has identified potential areas suitable to deliver much needed council housing across the Borough.

“We are aware of the concerns raised by local residents at the initial consultation stage about this site, many of whom use part of the three pieces of land for leisure activities such as dog walking and playing with their children.

“We have listened to those concerns and that is why our preferred option for a smaller number of new homes is being presented.

“We feel this option strikes a balance between keeping green space readily available for residents, whilst also working towards the incredibly challenging Government targets for house building and delivering more council housing across the Borough.

“I look forward to discussing this in detail with fellow Cabinet members. It is important to stress that any decision made by Cabinet on the options will need to be taken to the council’s Development Control Committee before any work can take place.

“Moving forwards, ward members and local residents will continue to be fully engaged in the project.”

Published: 8th September 2020

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