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50 new homes could be built on Southend eyesore
9:00am Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
NEARLY 50 affordable homes could be built on one of Southend’s biggest eyesores.
Six years after it was cleared by bulldozers, a developer has finally been found to take on the site of the former Maybrook training centre and Burland House in Southchurch Road.
The Guinness Partnership, a housing association which specialises in low-cost homes, has drawn up plans to build 22 flats and 26 houses on the land.
Ian Gilbert, the leader of Southend Council’s Labour group, has campaigned for the site to be developed for several years.
He said: “In principle, using brownfield sites such as this for affordable housing is a very good thing, and it will be great to see the site put to use.
“However, my Kursaal ward colleagues, including Judy McMahon, have previously suggested that this may have made a good site for a new school, with Porters Grange becoming more crowded.
“Developments like this can bring more young families into the central area of town and it is important we have the facilities in place for them.”
Maybrook and Burland, both built in the Sixties, acted as a training centre and home for adults with learning disabilities until they were closed in October 2005 and January 2006 respectively.
The site was cleared in 2007, with council chiefs keen to use the land for housing as part of the on-going battle to find enough homes for the town’s growing population.
But the economic crash the following year appeared to have put paid to any chances of redevelopment.