Report sets out housing plan

By Natalie Vincent - Thu 1 November 2018, 12:06 pm

A housing report presented to Thurrock Council yesterday highlighted plans to create over 1,000 new homes in the next five years, as part of its regeneration scheme.

The report also examined the council's housing service's performance and achievements over the past year and highlighted building work starting on dozens of new council homes in the borough. The new build programme is set to create 117 council homes including 29 on the Tops Club site in Argent Street, Grays, 53 homes in Claudian Way, Chadwell, and 35 flats for older residents in Calcutta Road, Tilbury.

Barry Johnson, portfolio holder for housing, said: "We have exciting plans for the future of council housing in Thurrock with work soon to get underway creating affordable rental housing for dozens of families and plans to develop 1,000 new homes through [our own development company ] Thurrock Regeneration."

The report highlighted the improvement of 843 homes – a third more than its target – and the council's successful rent collection drive with 98.5% of rent collected; and noted that complaints about housing-related issues dropped by 27%.

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