28 family homes set for central Southend site

Southend Standard: Councillor Ian Gilbert at the site Councillor Ian Gilbert at the site

NEW family homes look set to be built on a long-derelict former industrial site in the centre of Southend.

Southend Council is expected to agree plans for 28 two and three-bedroomhomes on the site of a former laundry and warehouse between North Road and Salisbury Avenue today.

Six of the 12 two-bedroom houses would be handed over to a housing association to rent out as affordable housing and the development follows the building of a new health centre and the regeneration of the former North Road Chapel as offices.

The laundry, which occupied the site since 1948, was closed just under a decade ago and demolished a few years ago.

Ian Gilbert, Labour councillor for Victoria ward, in which the site lies, said: “I’m pleased we are getting family homes and I’m pleased we are getting an allocation of affordable housing.

“We called for renovation in that area.”

Seven homes will face on to Salisbury Avenue, with six behind them. Three properties would face on to North Road, next to the new health centre, with the remaining homes within the site, which is more than half the size of a football pitch.

The plans include 30 parking spaces, which planners have agreed is enough for a site so close to the town centre and key transport links.

Parking for the 13 houses to west of the site would be under a “garden deck”, raised to first floor level.

The council refused draft plans for 29 homes on the site last year, but developer Venture Capital Associates has come back with a more suitable design.

Since the laundry closed, the site has becomeamagnet for flytipping.

Two derelict houses in North Road are not included in the site.

Mr Gilbert said: “There have been a number of positive developments in North Road recently.

“The laundry site has been derelict for many years. It has been a source of problems.”

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9:02am Wed 5 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

Be better off turning it into a nice little park.1 28 homes is hardly going to dent the housing crisis..

I'm in favour of building more new towns like they did with Milton Keynes and Basildon, in sulfok and north essex for example.
Be better off turning it into a nice little park.1 28 homes is hardly going to dent the housing crisis.. I'm in favour of building more new towns like they did with Milton Keynes and Basildon, in sulfok and north essex for example. supermadmax
  • Score: -10

9:08am Wed 5 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Got enough parks, it houses that are needed here.
Got enough parks, it houses that are needed here. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 10

9:11am Wed 5 Mar 14

Matthew S. Dent says...

supermadmax wrote:
Be better off turning it into a nice little park.If this is the response to every proposed new housing development, then we really never will solve the housing crisis.

Given that the number of new homes we need numbers in the millions, so I don't see why both solutions shouldn't be pursued.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Be better off turning it into a nice little park.If this is the response to every proposed new housing development, then we really never will solve the housing crisis. Given that the number of new homes we need numbers in the millions, so I don't see why both solutions shouldn't be pursued. Matthew S. Dent
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11:25am Wed 5 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good use of brownfield site.
Good use of brownfield site. Howard Cháse
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12:27pm Wed 5 Mar 14

whateverhappened says...

is that photo taken before or after the HA tennents have moved in
is that photo taken before or after the HA tennents have moved in whateverhappened
  • Score: 2

12:44pm Wed 5 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

supermadmax wrote:
Be better off turning it into a nice little park.1 28 homes is hardly going to dent the housing crisis.. I'm in favour of building more new towns like they did with Milton Keynes and Basildon, in sulfok and north essex for example.
agreed, so long as they're all north of watford.....
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Be better off turning it into a nice little park.1 28 homes is hardly going to dent the housing crisis.. I'm in favour of building more new towns like they did with Milton Keynes and Basildon, in sulfok and north essex for example.[/p][/quote]agreed, so long as they're all north of watford..... pembury53
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4:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Public Inconvenience says...

Unfortunately it would never be "a nice little park" as Council wouldn't have the funds to staff it,it would become another haven for local druggies. Housing is best option.
Unfortunately it would never be "a nice little park" as Council wouldn't have the funds to staff it,it would become another haven for local druggies. Housing is best option. Public Inconvenience
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4:25pm Wed 5 Mar 14

TheaWells says...

Goodness.. so lets say each house has at least one child.. that's 28 more children for the local schools who already have no places for the children already in the area.. I wonder how the council will overcome that one?

Nice to see the site with plans though... I just hope they consider parking and schooling first. Will be interesting to watch..
Goodness.. so lets say each house has at least one child.. that's 28 more children for the local schools who already have no places for the children already in the area.. I wonder how the council will overcome that one? Nice to see the site with plans though... I just hope they consider parking and schooling first. Will be interesting to watch.. TheaWells
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4:26pm Wed 5 Mar 14

jolllyboy says...

We need social housing and one bedroom properties as shown by those not able to downsize. Not so called affordable houses.
We need social housing and one bedroom properties as shown by those not able to downsize. Not so called affordable houses. jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

9:57pm Wed 5 Mar 14

abd123 says...

30 parking spaces because it is near the town centre sounds naive. Do people only visit town centres and not need to go to work or anywhere else?
Most roads near the town centre have resident parking schemes because the residents have lots of cars.
30 parking spaces because it is near the town centre sounds naive. Do people only visit town centres and not need to go to work or anywhere else? Most roads near the town centre have resident parking schemes because the residents have lots of cars. abd123
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12:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

DannyK86 says...

TheaWells wrote:
Goodness.. so lets say each house has at least one child.. that's 28 more children for the local schools who already have no places for the children already in the area.. I wonder how the council will overcome that one?

Nice to see the site with plans though... I just hope they consider parking and schooling first. Will be interesting to watch..
Developers are supposed to pay contributions on developments to local councils, to pay for school and transport infrastructure. You just need to make sure the council has enough of a spine and ensure such contributions are not waived.
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: Goodness.. so lets say each house has at least one child.. that's 28 more children for the local schools who already have no places for the children already in the area.. I wonder how the council will overcome that one? Nice to see the site with plans though... I just hope they consider parking and schooling first. Will be interesting to watch..[/p][/quote]Developers are supposed to pay contributions on developments to local councils, to pay for school and transport infrastructure. You just need to make sure the council has enough of a spine and ensure such contributions are not waived. DannyK86
  • Score: 0

8:46pm Thu 6 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

DannyK86 wrote:
TheaWells wrote:
Goodness.. so lets say each house has at least one child.. that's 28 more children for the local schools who already have no places for the children already in the area.. I wonder how the council will overcome that one?

Nice to see the site with plans though... I just hope they consider parking and schooling first. Will be interesting to watch..
Developers are supposed to pay contributions on developments to local councils, to pay for school and transport infrastructure. You just need to make sure the council has enough of a spine and ensure such contributions are not waived.
Section 106.
[quote][p][bold]DannyK86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: Goodness.. so lets say each house has at least one child.. that's 28 more children for the local schools who already have no places for the children already in the area.. I wonder how the council will overcome that one? Nice to see the site with plans though... I just hope they consider parking and schooling first. Will be interesting to watch..[/p][/quote]Developers are supposed to pay contributions on developments to local councils, to pay for school and transport infrastructure. You just need to make sure the council has enough of a spine and ensure such contributions are not waived.[/p][/quote]Section 106. ThisYear
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