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New homes are needed for Castle Point youngsters councillor claims
WE need to provide new homes for our youngsters.
That is the message from a senior Tory councillor who fears the borough is failing to provide enough homes for new families.
Norman Smith, Castle Point councillor responsible for economic development and business liaison claims Castle Point is one of the fastest aging boroughs in south Essex as young people in the borough cannot afford to get onto the property ladder without moving away.
This comes after the Echo reported in April the council only supplied 17 new affordable homes this year, falling far short its annual target of 81.
Last year the council failed to supply any new affordable homes at all, meanwhile around 1,300 residents remain on the waiting list for a council property.
Mr Smith said: “We cannot let this continue. We need to get the balance right so that both people with families and young people starting out can afford to live in Castle Point. I can understand residents’ concern but unfortunately a lot of people waiting for a council property will never get one at this rate.
“My son is struggling to move out at the moment and get on the property ladder because most of the homes here are around £200,000 which most young people simply cannot afford. Why should they be made to move away?”
Under a Section 106 agreement a council can request a developer make contributions to help support services and infrastructure in a community where a large development is proposed.
For the 600-home development at Thorney Bay the council insisted businessman Jeff King contribute to the island’s affordable housing stock, recreational facilities, youth services, library facilities and help finance the final phase of the Roscommon Way extension from Haven Road to the seafront.
However, details of precisely the size and scale of these contributions have yet to be specified.
To the surprise of over 300 objectors who wrote to Castle Point Council against the plans for Point Road, no stipulations were made to the developer under a Section 106 agreement to make improvements to Canvey’s health, highways or educational infrastructure.
However, Mr Smith reassured the Echo once formal, detailed planning applications were submitted the authority would investigate precisely what needs to change.
He said: “As with any large scale application a developer would need to make a contribution under a 106 agreement and this can be towards health provisions, education or even things we feel the borough needs like recreational facilities.
"Once we know exactly how many properties we are dealing with then we can asses how the infrastructure will cope and where it may need to change.”
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