THE council has unveiled sites earmarked for development or sale in a bid to cut its 1,213 housing waiting list.

The former futures college [pictured above] in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend will provide 56 homes – a mix of six one-bed, 13 two-bed, 25 three-bed and 12 four-bed homes.

The scheme will provide 17 (30 per cent) of affordable homes.

All the homes will be sold by the council to “maximise the financial return for the council” and provide revenue to build affordable homes in the city.

An “underutilised” car park in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff is also set for development. The council wants to build six traditional homes, four two-bedroom and two three bedroom council homes.

Alternatively, the council may opt to build eight single occupancy “modern methods of construction pods”.

A vacant plot of land in Victoria Avenue, once included in the Roots Hall redevelopment, is to be sold to a developer.

The Thorpedene campus in Shoebury, which includes Delaware House, and a site in Shorefield Gardens in Westcliff, will also fund further house building in the city.

A large home in Satanita Road, Westcliff will be refurbished to help with a need for large family rental homes.

Social housing projects already underway include two in Eagle Way Shoebury, which will deliver 28 new council homes, and Lundy Close in Southend is earmarked for five council houses and four flats.