Proposals to build 20 bungalows on a former sheltered housing scheme in Tendring have been set out.
The plans for the one and two-bedroom units, specifically for older people, to be built at Honeycroft, in Lawford, have been signed off by Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Housing.
The main site at Honeycroft was closed as a sheltered housing scheme in March 2018, and demolition was carried out earlier this year.
Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member for Housing, has now authorised senior officers to tender prices from developers to build the homes, which would be kept by TDC to rent to local residents, helping to meet local need.
“This is an exciting and innovative proposal which meets our Housing Strategy priorities and marks a significant step on our journey to increase the council’s housing stock,” Councillor Honeywood said.
“The homes will also be built to be as energy efficient as possible, making use of modern methods of construction in order to minimise carbon emissions. The new properties will meet local housing demand for older persons and provide an opportunity for those in larger houses to downsize whilst remaining in the same community – in turn freeing up larger properties for families.”
The total cost of the scheme could be in the region of £4million, which would be met by long-term borrowing from the Housing Revenue Account – with the potential for some grant funding from Homes England for the scheme.
Part of the decision agreed to set aside £50,000 from the account for necessary preliminary works such as site surveys.
The final decision to go ahead with the project, including to submit a planning application, will be taken once tenders have been received and the cost confirmed.