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Seabrooke set for regeneration bid
8:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
FIFTY-THREE new homes and a community hall will be built in Grays after Thurrock Council’s planning committee agreed the proposal.
The homes will be developed at Seabrooke Rise and will see the area significantly spruced up after councillors decided the project was well designed.
The one, two and three bedroom properties will include parking spaces and will replace the garages that are currently on the site.
The three block buildings, which will make up the flats, will also benefit from a communal courtyard.
Tim Bell, the agent, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to see regeneration in Seabrooke Rise.
“This will revolutionise the area and provide a great deal of affordable and stylish housing in Grays.
“The community hall will become a viable and busy community hub. The whole project has been very carefully designed and has major community benefits.”
No letters of opposition were received from the neighbouring residents in Sherfield Road.
Cllr Phil Anderson said: “The more I have heard and seen of this project the more I feel it could play an important role in the community.
“The design and plans have been thought through thoroughly that is clear and I can’t remember the last time a plan to build affordable housing included a community hall as part of the application.”
Speaking after the meeting, Labour parliamentary candidate for Thurrock Polly Billington praised the plans.
She said: “I was really pleased to see the proposals for the new affordable housing in Seabrooke Rise passed.
“Thurrock Council should be applauded for its commitment to building new affordable housing to help desperate families stuck on the waiting list have a chance of a new home.
“There have been times when council homes haven’t been built to high standards. I hope this development is able to show those days are well and truly behind us.”
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