New housing set for town centre

Councillor Ian Gilbert at the site

Councillor Ian Gilbert at the site

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NEW family homes look set to be built on a long-derelict former industrial site in the centre of Southend.

Southend Council is expected to agree plans for 27 two and three-bedroom homes on the site of a former laundry and warehouse between North Road and Salisbury Avenue today.

Similar plans for 28 homes on the site were turned down earlier this year after the previous developer, Venture Capital Associates, failed to offer enough towards social housing, education and public art.

But housebuilder Randall Watts, based in Comet Way, Southend, has now offered to hand over the whole development to a housing association to rent or sell as affordable housing.

Ian Gilbert, deputy leader of the council and Labour councillor for Victoria, said: “100 per cent affordable housing is great.

“It’s derelict land that has been doing nothing, but causing a nuisance.

“Residents will be pleased the site won’t be derelict any longer.

Derelict land always attracts trouble.”

Seven two-storey houses would front on to Salisbury Road, with three more on North Road.

The remaining properties would be in the centre of the site, accessed via a driveway from Salisbury Avenue.

Parking with space for 27 cars is also included in the plans.

Randall Watts has offered to pay the council £2,500 towards changing the entrances to the site and pavement and include £13,500 of public art on the site, which would be open to the public.

Planning officers have waived education contributions as all of the homes would be affordable.

Mr Gilbert, who campaigned for more affordable housing before gaining a place on the council’s new joint administration, said: “It sounds to me as if it’s a fair offer.

“The development control committee will want to be careful about setting a precedent about contributions towards education.

“If you extend that across the board, we will have problems because we need more school places, but this is a case of being pragmatic to get 100 per cent affordable housing.

“We can’t miss out on that chance.”

The Sunlight Laundry, which had occupied the site since 1948, was closed about a decade ago and demolished a few years ago.

Since the laundry closed, the site has becomeamagnet for flytipping.

The developer would have to decontaminate the land before any building started.

Two derelict houses in North Road are not included in the site, but have been earmarked for refurbishment as part of a separate planning application approved in April.

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8:58am Wed 9 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Luckily we have the infrastructure in place to easily cope with all these new developments, public transport will get you to every corner of town quickly and cheaply, the roads have plenty of capacity for extra cars, firms are crying out for more workers, and Southend is one of the least densely populated areas in Essex.
Luckily we have the infrastructure in place to easily cope with all these new developments, public transport will get you to every corner of town quickly and cheaply, the roads have plenty of capacity for extra cars, firms are crying out for more workers, and Southend is one of the least densely populated areas in Essex. Nebs
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10:35am Wed 9 Jul 14

Fab man says...

That area has been an eyesore for a while so good news that affordable housing is going there. Hopefully local residents will get priority. But 27 is going to be a squeeze so I imagine most of it will be flats.
That area has been an eyesore for a while so good news that affordable housing is going there. Hopefully local residents will get priority. But 27 is going to be a squeeze so I imagine most of it will be flats. Fab man
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12:01pm Wed 9 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

27 2 and 3 bed homes will probably add up to about 50 more cars....... i bet the locals can't wait !
27 2 and 3 bed homes will probably add up to about 50 more cars....... i bet the locals can't wait ! pembury53
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4:03pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

What is classed as affordable housing?
What is classed as affordable housing? Maddogg
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5:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

emcee says...

I doubt anybody in real NEED of a two or three bedroom home will get to live in one of these houses. They will be rented to "preferred" tenants or to those who can afford a mortage.
I doubt anybody in real NEED of a two or three bedroom home will get to live in one of these houses. They will be rented to "preferred" tenants or to those who can afford a mortage. emcee
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8:17pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Working people only please...
Working people only please... Nowthatsworthknowing
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12:08am Thu 10 Jul 14

jayman says...

emcee wrote:
I doubt anybody in real NEED of a two or three bedroom home will get to live in one of these houses. They will be rented to "preferred" tenants or to those who can afford a mortage.
nope.. This is 'council housing' not the circumlocutory Tory counteraction AKA 'affordable housing' which boils down as nothing more then private landlords making a ton of cash out of the woeful misfortune of the tenants that occupy their shoe box houses which are built as an afterthought on a substandard patch of land adjacent to a profitable development of high spec, sale on open market housing.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: I doubt anybody in real NEED of a two or three bedroom home will get to live in one of these houses. They will be rented to "preferred" tenants or to those who can afford a mortage.[/p][/quote]nope.. This is 'council housing' not the circumlocutory Tory counteraction AKA 'affordable housing' which boils down as nothing more then private landlords making a ton of cash out of the woeful misfortune of the tenants that occupy their shoe box houses which are built as an afterthought on a substandard patch of land adjacent to a profitable development of high spec, sale on open market housing. jayman
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