New homes approved

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NEW family homes are to be built on a long-derelict former laundry site in Westcliff.

Southend Council has approved Estuary Housing’s plans for 27 two and threebedroom homes for rent on the former Sunlight Laundry site, between North Road and Salisbury Avenue.

Dr Marimuthu Velmurugan (Ind, Westborough), said: “It’s a most welcome development. It’s an unsightly place.”

Alan Crystall, (Lib Dem, Leigh), who now chairs the cross-party planning committee said: “It’s a tight scheme, but we are getting 27 affordable homes.”

Under the plans, seven two-storey houses will front onto Salisbury Road, with three more on North Road.

The remaining homes will be between the two rows of houses, reached via a new road from Salisbury Avenue. Parking for 27 cars will be provided.

Builder Randall Watts has offered to pay the council £2,500 towards the cost providing access to the site an £13,500 for a work of public art on the site.

Because the homes are all to be offered for affordable rents, the council has waived its usal requirement for a contribution towards the local education budget.

The Sunlight Laundry opened in 1948 and closed just under a decade ago, after which the building was demolished.

Since then the site has become an eyesore and a magnet for flytipping.

Because the site previously had a commercial use, the developer will be required to decontaminate the land before building starts.

Two derelict houses in North Road are not included in the redevelopment, but are set to be refurbished as part of a separate planning application approved in April.

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12:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good use of a brownfield site.


Basildon Council need to take notice of this and start thinking along similar lines instead of continually destroying green spaces etc
Good use of a brownfield site. Basildon Council need to take notice of this and start thinking along similar lines instead of continually destroying green spaces etc Howard Cháse
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1:47pm Mon 14 Jul 14

jayman says...

next step is to do away with estuary housing and bring council housing back into council control.
next step is to do away with estuary housing and bring council housing back into council control. jayman
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2:34pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

You can have both brownfield houses and sensibly planned use of unimportant green space housing given we are so short of houses....
You can have both brownfield houses and sensibly planned use of unimportant green space housing given we are so short of houses.... Jack222
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2:35pm Mon 14 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

those developers will clean up....
those developers will clean up.... pembury53
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2:44pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

jayman wrote:
next step is to do away with estuary housing and bring council housing back into council control.
It will never happen.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: next step is to do away with estuary housing and bring council housing back into council control.[/p][/quote]It will never happen. Happy Chickie
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3:00pm Mon 14 Jul 14

CrippsCorner says...

Why are all the new properties going up around here all for rent... I'm desperately looking at somewhere to use Help to Buy, but unfortunately these are all useless to me.
Why are all the new properties going up around here all for rent... I'm desperately looking at somewhere to use Help to Buy, but unfortunately these are all useless to me. CrippsCorner
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3:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

John Right says...

Sounds like Tory Spin LolOl
Sounds like Tory Spin LolOl John Right
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9:43pm Mon 14 Jul 14

rob-wos says...

I live near this site. Builders have already broken ground on this site.

To be honest, the picture does not give you a correct size prospective.

It's going to be a tight squeeze to put that many houses on this site. But I believe at one point the builder wanted to put even more house on this site. Due to the greed, it's taken I think at least 5 years to get to this point.

Don't like the access point point onto Salisbury Avenue as there is already a recent house building site that gets it's access onto the same street.

The one thing that makes me laugh about all this is a meeting I went to with the local council saying that they wanted to move out the manufacturing business and build houses. Was going to use grants to move them out to other sites.

Fast moving idea that was. That meeting was over 25 years ago!
I live near this site. Builders have already broken ground on this site. To be honest, the picture does not give you a correct size prospective. It's going to be a tight squeeze to put that many houses on this site. But I believe at one point the builder wanted to put even more house on this site. Due to the greed, it's taken I think at least 5 years to get to this point. Don't like the access point point onto Salisbury Avenue as there is already a recent house building site that gets it's access onto the same street. The one thing that makes me laugh about all this is a meeting I went to with the local council saying that they wanted to move out the manufacturing business and build houses. Was going to use grants to move them out to other sites. Fast moving idea that was. That meeting was over 25 years ago! rob-wos
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9:47pm Mon 14 Jul 14

rob-wos says...

As i said in the past message, the builders have already broken the ground.

Have not seen them decontaminating the site yet!
As i said in the past message, the builders have already broken the ground. Have not seen them decontaminating the site yet! rob-wos
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