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In the news: Six new homes exclusively for borough residents come to Wickford

Six new homes exclusively for residents on the council's homeseeker register have been completed in Kershaws Close, Wickford.

The development consists of four two-bed houses and two two-bed apartments, being the second phase of a scheme which previously saw four two-bed houses built also for council tenants in the nearby Thackeray Row.

The homes have been built by the council's house building company Sempra Homes, offering high levels of energy efficiency through increased insulations, targeted air permeability, and energy efficient boilers. Each property also includes two parking spaces plus additional ones for general use.

The completed development was visited by senior councillors and officers who worked on the project for a tour of the site.

Councillor Andrew Baggott, Leader of Basildon Council, said: "Kershaws Close and the nearby Thackeray Row have transformed an area of wasteland into a brand-new affordable development which is vibrant, attractive, and accessible to residents.

"It's important that we build homes across the borough of different tenure types to suit different needs. This development consists of much needed council housing, which will give families on our council housing list a chance to create a new life in a brand new modern, sustainable home."

Melanie Keys, Manager of Sempra Homes, added: "This is a brilliant development that's been made by borough residents for borough residents. The large majority of labour used in the construction phase were from the borough, as were the local merchants who supplied the general building materials. This aspect of our work, as well as the work experience placements on the project to local students from the surrounding schools and construction colleges, is really important to Sempra Homes.

"I'm delighted with both phase one and phase two of this scheme, it's great for us to be able to give ten tenants the keys to a brand-new home that memories can be made in for years to come."

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Published on Wednesday 15 June 2022