Forty eight one and two bedroom homes are set to be built for borough residents on the council housing waiting list after the council completed the purchase of a site.

The site, located in Burnt Mills Road, Basildon, was purchased for £2.5million and is currently made up of various disused outbuildings and a detached bungalow. 83 on-site parking spaces will be provided for the new homes including visitor and disabled bays.

Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Gavin Callaghan said: "We are proud to be building high quality affordable new homes for our borough residents. There is a real need for one and two bed properties so this development will help to meet the demand on our waiting list.

"It's never been more difficult to get on the property ladder and that is why it is crucial that we continue to build council homes to give the next generation of Basildon residents the opportunity to live in the borough they grew up in."

The new homes will be built within walking distance of nurseries, infant and primary schools, a GP and dental practice and bus and train connections serving both Pitsea and Basildon town centre.

In the New Year the buildings will be demolished and the council will begin the process to procure a developer to build the new homes with construction anticipated to start in the summer of 2021.

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Published on Monday 21 December 2020