Labour to launch house building project across Southend

At the first Cabinet meeting of the joint administration, councillors will be discussing Labour's proposal to build the first new council houses in decades. The pilot scheme in Shoeburyness will be developed with between 13 and 27 homes, and will hopefully open the gates to further building on disused brownfield sites across the borough.

At the first Cabinet meeting of the joint administration, councillors will be discussing Labour's proposal to build the first new council houses in decades. The pilot scheme in Shoeburyness will be developed with between 13 and 27 homes, and will hopefully open the gates to further building on disused brownfield sites across the borough.

 

 

Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing -- and Labour councillor for Victoria Ward -- David Norman said of the plans:

 

 

"This is an exciting opportunity to build new council homes for the first time in decades and to begin to tackle the urgent need for good quality low cost accommodation in the town.

 

 

"Whilst more work needs to be done on looking at long term options for council housing, we have development funds available to pursue this pilot scheme."

 

 

Ian Gilbert, Leader of the Labour Group and Deputy Leader of the Council, praised David's work in bringing this scheme to fruition:

 

 

"David Norman's tireless work on the issue of local housing in opposition is the reason that we can put this into practice so quickly. In fourteen years, the Conservatives have delivered no new council housing. Labour are addressing this issue head on, and within 18 months will hopefully see disused and run down sites transformed into housing."

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