The first homes built by Basildon Council in more than 25 years have been handed over.
The four two-bedroom homes — built as part of the council’s New Homes Programme — were handed over in Quendon Road, Basildon. Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, viewed the new properties on the 18th January at a special event to mark the handover.
Cllr Gavin Callaghan said: “We are serious about building council housing and ensuring we provide high quality homes for people in our borough.
“Our aim is to create strong and healthy communities with access to quality homes. We are also keen to increase the offer of other types of housing like shared ownership for the borough’s key workers.”
Quendon Road is one of three redevelopment schemes that will deliver four two-bedroom homes alongside three two-bedroom homes in Rettendon Gardens, Wickford, and four two-bedroom homes in Victoria Road, Laindon. The three sites will provide a total of 11 much-needed homes for families who are on the council’s homeseeker register. Tenants will move into the new homes next week.
Over the next five years the council’s new-build programme is aiming to develop a further 100 homes with 584 more to be developed by the council’s housebuilding company, Sempra Homes.
Pictured is Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council’s Chairman of Basildon Council’s Policy & Resources Committee cutting the ribbon to mark the handover of the new homes alongside representatives from Basildon Council and its contractor, Indecon.