We love living in Southend at ABP Southend. We think it is a wonderful place with plenty to do on those sunny or rainy weekends. Therefore when we heard that plans are in the pipeline for Basildon council to spend £80 million to kickstart a project to build 600 homes across the borough within three years, we felt that it is only fair that we let everyone know! Basildon Council’s cabinet will be discussing plans to plough the money into Sempra Homes, the authority’s housebuilding arm set up last year. It will aim to transfer the money in a series of payments to build the homes across the borough by 2020. Examples include a project to build 15 homes in Roman Way, in Billericay, which was given full planning permission in January.
The council is a Tory minority administration, and will have to win the support of Ukip and Labour councillors at a full council meeting in order for the project to go ahead. Richard Moore, Tory councillor responsible for planning, believes the investment will help Basildon prepare for challenges councils are facing due to drops in government funding. He said: “Basildon Council has already proved itself to be an astute property owner, investor and developer. “By committing to further major investment, we are showing a real determination to meet the upcoming financial challenges all councils will face.” Phil Turner, Tory leader of the council, hopes the plans will win support of opposition parties. He said: “We are hoping this will kickstart the developments we need, and I would hope the council gets the support from the coalition we are faced with. “This will see housing that is needed all across the borough; it is not just focused in one specific area. Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Labour leader, says his party backs the move, but urged for an acceptable number of social housing schemes to come forward. He said: “We support any move to build more homes, but there is a caveat. “These must be accessible for a rapidly increasing and ageing population we have in the borough. I would also urge for Billericay to be included in these plans too. “Whilst the circumstances which have led to these plans are not something the Labour party would have supported, we are in favour of the right house building.”
New homes being built around the area is a brilliant plan and we at ABP Southend hope that the council are able to win the support of Ukip and Labour councillors so that the project gets the go ahead. This could bring more residents into the area and have plenty of benefits for the community.