CONSTRUCTION has started on Southend Council’s latest scheme to build new homes and tackle the “pressing need for affordable housing” in the city.

Southend Council has confirmed it has started work on 13 new affordable homes for residents in the city across three sites around Eagle Way and Anson Chase in Shoebury.

Echo: Diggers - work has started on 13 new homesDiggers - work has started on 13 new homes (Image: Southend Council)

The new homes are set to be completed later this year and will consist of a mix of two and three-bedroom houses as well as a specially designed wheelchair-accessible bungalow.

The second phase of the project will see a further 16 flats built in Eagle Way.

The homes are also being built with a number of green measures, including solar panels.

Echo: First phase - the homes will be finished later this yearFirst phase - the homes will be finished later this year (Image: Southend Council)

Councillor David Garston, cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “We’re thrilled about this significant project that will positively impact many people in our city. Affordable housing is essential for creating a fair and prosperous society, and we’re proud to contribute to addressing this urgent need.

Echo: Second phase - a further 16 homes will be deliveredSecond phase - a further 16 homes will be delivered (Image: Southend Council)

“Ensuring a consistent supply of affordable housing isn’t just about solving immediate problems, it’s about building a sustainable and welcoming community for years to come.

“Our efforts to acquire and build homes demonstrate our commitment to meeting the housing needs of everyone in our city and ensuring everyone has a place to call home.”

Echo: The development in Eagle WayThe development in Eagle Way (Image: Southend Council)

All homes will be let at “affordable rents” to households on the council’s housing register. The ambitious projects aims to provide housing to individuals and families struggling to secure suitable accommodation.

The homes are also designed to produce fewer carbon emissions and will feature “highly insulated building fabric”, low-carbon air source heating systems and solar panels.

Echo: Site - the homes are designed to produce fewer carbon emissionsSite - the homes are designed to produce fewer carbon emissions (Image: Southend Council)

Council leader Tony Cox said: “This shows our administration is committed to building affordable homes. We want people to be able to lay roots and bring families up.

“It’s welcome news. This is a pipeline to provide affordable homes for people.”

Marfleet & Blythe has been appointed as the main contractor for the project, and has an extensive experience in delivering high-quality affordable housing to the table.