Construction begins on new affordable housing scheme

Southend-on-Sea City Council is pleased to announce the start of construction on its latest affordable housing initiative.

A building site for a new house. So far the concrete foundations are in place.

This marks a significant milestone in the council's ongoing efforts to address the pressing need for affordable housing across the city.

The development will feature a mix of two and three-bedroom houses, along with a specially designed wheelchair-accessible bungalow. The first phase of the project, comprising 13 homes, will be spread across three sites around Eagle Way and Anson Chase in Shoeburyness, with completion expected in Winter 2024. The second phase plans to deliver a further 16 flats around Eagle Way.

This ambitious project aims to provide affordable housing solutions to individuals and families struggling to secure suitable accommodation. All homes will be let at affordable rents to households on the council's housing register in accordance with the council's allocations policy.

Designed to meet the diverse needs of the community while promoting inclusivity and sustainability, the homes will adhere to Future Homes Standards by producing fewer carbon emissions. They will feature highly insulated building fabric, low-carbon air source heat pump heating systems, and solar panels for generating power.

In addition to providing affordable housing options, the project will generate employment opportunities and stimulate economic growth by engaging local contractors, suppliers, and labourers.

This project is part of a wider program aimed at increasing the council's affordable housing stock through new build developments and market acquisitions. The council has acquired 25 market properties and converted them to affordable rented housing this financial year, bringing the total acquired properties to over 100 since 2019.

Councillor David Garston, cabinet member for housing and planning, said: "We're thrilled about this significant project that will positively impact many people in our city. Affordable housing is essential for creating a fair and prosperous society, and we're proud to contribute to addressing this urgent need.

"Ensuring a consistent supply of affordable housing isn't just about solving immediate problems; it's about building a sustainable and welcoming community for years to come. Our efforts to acquire and build homes demonstrate our commitment to meeting the housing needs of everyone in our city and ensuring everyone has a place to call home."

Marfleet and Blythe has been appointed as the main contractor for the project, bringing their extensive experience in delivering high-quality affordable housing to the table.

Additional images of the development can be found on our Flickr page.

Published: 19th March 2024

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