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Hundreds of Basildon homes to be built

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has witnessed outline planning permission granted for the construction of hundreds of new homes in Basildon, something the project's development partners are eager to celebrate.

Focusing on the delivery of up to 725 new residential properties in the area, the scheme will make use of public land owned by the HCA. The project is a collaboration between Basildon Borough Council, South Essex College and the HCA and is aimed at helping to address the ongoing housing crisis in the area.

Mike Goulding, senior area manager at the HCA, said: "These proposals will bring positive things to Basildon, including more high quality housing and a brand new town centre college. This investment will help to bring new business and new jobs into the area and we look forward to moving this project forwards."

The scheme will not only ensure hundreds of new homes are built to address a shortfall in available housing in the area, but a range of other local amenities are also in line for construction.

These include the relocation of South Essex College to a new purpose-built campus in the town centre, as well as the building of a new primary school to meet the needs of young families.

In addition, plans for the creation of a new town centre market have also been submitted.

It is hoped the project will also provide a considerable boost to employment should the plans get the green light, with upwards of 1,300 construction jobs to be created over the coming years.

Councillor Malcolm Buckley, cabinet member for regeneration, added the addition of hundreds of students and staff to Basildon town centre in the future will also provide a considerable boost to local retailers and the economy in general.

"With the closure of the SEEVIC facilities, it has become even more important that the council secures the future of South Essex College within the borough," Mr Buckley concluded. 

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