Hundreds of council homes set for Basildon

Phil Turner on a Laindon housing estate

Phil Turner on a Laindon housing estate

First published in News

HUNDREDS of council houses are to be built in a multi-million pound plan to plug the gap in social housing in Basildon.

Basildon Council is pressing ahead with setting up its own housing development company to build on council-owned derelict land in the borough.

Senior council officials have said the company will cost at least £2.5million to set up and will deliver hundreds of new homes.

It is part of a £5million package of improvements for Basildon housing.

Phil Turner, the deputy leader of the Tory administration, said: “The profit from this will go towards the community, will go to taxpayers and will go towards addressing social issues.”

About 5,000 residents are on the council’s waiting list for social housing.

Mr Turner said the main focus would be on helping those people first.

However, the authority will also look to build shared accommodation and homes to sell, to generate profit from the scheme.

The Tory authority’s cabinet will next week rubber-stamp investing £200,000 into the company, before adding at least £2.5million later on when there is a proper business plan.

The money will come from £12.2million Mr Turner is proposing to transfer from Basildon Council’s reserves into the authority’s housing budget, to be invested in phases over the coming years.

This would be the first time it has done that in years.

More council money could also be pushed into the scheme at a later date to deliver homes, with profits from the project also set to be put back into the fund.

Cash will also be invested in the council’s existing stock, estate clean-ups, and anti-fraud measures.

Mr Turner said the council will target land it owns and even knock down derelict garages and small buildings to make way for the houses, which will be small scale at first.

He added the council may even look to buy pockets of land to develop, if the company is a success.

He added: “There’s a risk with everything, but this is both measured and managed.

“This isn’t political gratification.

“This is about hard and fast economics – putting in £1 and getting £1.50 back.”

The authority would normally sell off land and then the housebuilders will keep all profits.

While the authority will have to use builders to actually construct the homes, the council will keep a large proportion of the profits and have control over the building.

A fuller company brief is expected to be unveiled in the summer.

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6:29am Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Let's hope these aren't then sold to the tennents like before, other sprawling urban areas, such as Canvey could do with some large council estates.
Let's hope these aren't then sold to the tennents like before, other sprawling urban areas, such as Canvey could do with some large council estates. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 8

8:39am Fri 31 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Need thousands not hundreds built but any are welcome
Need thousands not hundreds built but any are welcome Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

8:40am Fri 31 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Plenty of brownfield along Miles Gray Road. The carpark on Laindon Link opposite the petrol station at Roundacre also ideal
Plenty of brownfield along Miles Gray Road. The carpark on Laindon Link opposite the petrol station at Roundacre also ideal Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

9:52am Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Plenty of brownfield along Miles Gray Road. The carpark on Laindon Link opposite the petrol station at Roundacre also ideal
Jotmans very ideal...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Plenty of brownfield along Miles Gray Road. The carpark on Laindon Link opposite the petrol station at Roundacre also ideal[/p][/quote]Jotmans very ideal... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 0

10:06am Fri 31 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Plenty of room in Lake Meadows park for a few hundred cou cil.flats and gouses. About time they took on some of the burden.
Plenty of room in Lake Meadows park for a few hundred cou cil.flats and gouses. About time they took on some of the burden. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

10:08am Fri 31 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

There's also the empty for some time Pitsea Area Housing Offices that could be demished and a row of houses built in its place.

Consultants fees welcome here Mr Turner....
There's also the empty for some time Pitsea Area Housing Offices that could be demished and a row of houses built in its place. Consultants fees welcome here Mr Turner.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Fri 31 Jan 14

denfish says...

plenty of brownfield sites in billericay , but they wont build there as it has majority tory voters that they dont wont to upset
plenty of brownfield sites in billericay , but they wont build there as it has majority tory voters that they dont wont to upset denfish
  • Score: 2

3:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

TheWizzard says...

If they have 12.2 million in reserves, why did they need to borrow money for the sports village?
If they have 12.2 million in reserves, why did they need to borrow money for the sports village? TheWizzard
  • Score: 5

4:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

TheWizzard wrote:
If they have 12.2 million in reserves, why did they need to borrow money for the sports village?
So they could use it as an excuse to sell off load of land to their builder mates before announcing that they neex to build loads of houses. The ones akready veing built all over the area don't count towards that total you see.
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: If they have 12.2 million in reserves, why did they need to borrow money for the sports village?[/p][/quote]So they could use it as an excuse to sell off load of land to their builder mates before announcing that they neex to build loads of houses. The ones akready veing built all over the area don't count towards that total you see. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

6:21pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

Er, "Council owned" land? Since when have an elected body been the owners of anything?
I am sure they actually mean "Publicly owned land" a little like Gloucester Park. Strange too, that most of the modern council houses are now "Managed" by housing associations and regarded as "Social housing" rather than "Council Houses" it is getting very confusing living in today's world when the publicity aimed at confusing citizens begins to confuse it's perpetrators instead!
Only a little while ago the decision to scrap the part of the Gloucester park sell out whereby the builders were meant to include some affordable housing there, but have decided not to build those after all. Smacks of elitism once more of course!
Er, "Council owned" land? Since when have an elected body been the owners of anything? I am sure they actually mean "Publicly owned land" a little like Gloucester Park. Strange too, that most of the modern council houses are now "Managed" by housing associations and regarded as "Social housing" rather than "Council Houses" it is getting very confusing living in today's world when the publicity aimed at confusing citizens begins to confuse it's perpetrators instead! Only a little while ago the decision to scrap the part of the Gloucester park sell out whereby the builders were meant to include some affordable housing there, but have decided not to build those after all. Smacks of elitism once more of course! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Sun 2 Feb 14

TheWizzard says...

http://www.heart.co.
uk/essex/news/local/
basildon-cash-boost-
council-homes/

Wonder if they are using some of this to finance it?
http://www.heart.co. uk/essex/news/local/ basildon-cash-boost- council-homes/ Wonder if they are using some of this to finance it? TheWizzard
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Devils Advocate says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Let's hope these aren't then sold to the tennents like before, other sprawling urban areas, such as Canvey could do with some large council estates.
Sorry, but did you not see the other article where they are planning to sell our Council houses with as much as £75,000 discount to their tenants?
Desperate need for new council houses = sell off the ones you already have.
The picture becomes ever more clear. Not doing bad for a country so broken by Labour, it can finance all the other countries that are supposedly broke and still have enough in those empty coffers to finance all this.
Same old same old, same as it ever was!
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: Let's hope these aren't then sold to the tennents like before, other sprawling urban areas, such as Canvey could do with some large council estates.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but did you not see the other article where they are planning to sell our Council houses with as much as £75,000 discount to their tenants? Desperate need for new council houses = sell off the ones you already have. The picture becomes ever more clear. Not doing bad for a country so broken by Labour, it can finance all the other countries that are supposedly broke and still have enough in those empty coffers to finance all this. Same old same old, same as it ever was! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

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