NEW homes for veterans and key workers will “revitalise” an unused site in Basildon which has been blighted by flytipping, and antisocial behaviour.

Basildon Council has given the green light for the homes at land in Markham Chase, near Laindon Links, in Basildon.

The Sempra Homes development will provide three two-bedroom, vibrant, modern houses and “will revitalise a site that has been unused for 15 years and subject to nuisance and anti-social behaviour”. 

Within the planning application, it states the former vacant car park has “suffered from fly tipping, antisocial behaviour and unlicensed fast-food sales."

Sempra says priority for the homes will be given to veterans, key workers and Basildon residents. 

Alex Harrison, Labour councillor responsible for Lee Chapel North, welcomed the plans.

He said: “I am glad that the site will now be used for something because it has been sat there for far too long just empty, and unused, and it does look a mess as well. So, this is good news.

“I am also really encouraged and in favour of Sempra’s commitment to invest in the park behind it too.

“I do know about the issues there, there has been antisocial behaviour and illegal parking of food vans without permission.

“So, I am hoping the new properties will help put a stop to those issues.”

Sempra Homes will be working with Homes England to deliver the much needed homes as part of its shared ownership affordable housing programme. 

The homes have been carefully designed to be energy efficient, using a fabric first approach, with each having electric vehicle charging and two allocated parking bays and visitor parking.

As part of the development, a new sheltered bus stop, will be provided by Sempra. 

Melanie Keys, Sempra Homes manager, added: “I am delighted that we have achieved planning permission for this development after many years of hard work from the team.  

“The new homes have been beautifully designed and will provide high quality, modern homes for borough residents.

“I look forward to starting the construction work for delivery of these much-needed affordable homes.”