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In the news: Works start on 21 new council homes exclusively for borough residents

Works have started on the building of 21 new council homes, exclusively for Basildon residents on the council's housing register.

The brand-new properties will be built at six borough locations, of which four are former garage sites, one is a simple demolition and rebuild, and one is the conversion of a former community hall.

The units are a mix of twelve two-bed houses, one three-bed house, one four-bed house, six one-bed apartments, plus a two-bedroom wheelchair-accessible bungalow.

Works have started with all six sites expected to be completed within the next 12-15 months.

Councillor Andrew Schrader, Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal, said: "These new homes will breathe new life into sites that were underutilised, no longer fit for purpose, and needed revitalising. 

"The homes across all the sites will come with appropriate allocated parking, will be safe and secure and will achieve Secure by Design Gold Standard. They will be of a modern design, and all will adhere to national space standards.

"The developments will provide vital council homes to our residents in need - and I look forward to seeing them complete and being able to hand the keys over to 21 sets of Basildon residents."

The homes are being built as part of the council's HRA House Building Programme, and are being delivered by a local contractor, Indecon.

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Full details of the locations and number of homes at each site are as follows:

Bourne Close - Former garage site (3 units - 2x 2 bed houses, 1x 3 bed house)

Cattawade End - Former garage site (2 units - 1x 2 bed houses, 1x 2 bed disabled bungalow)

Cadogan Terrace - Former garage site (5 units - 5x 2 bed houses)

Great Knightleys - Former garage site (6 units - 6x 1 bed apartments)

Vowler Road - Demolition and rebuild (2 units - 1x 2 bed house, 1x 4 bed house)

Kingswood Community Centre - Conversion of former community centre (3 units - 3x 2 bed houses)

Published on Wednesday 27 September 2022