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New homes for Essex announced

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has chosen Redrow Homes as its preferred development partner for the creation of hundreds of new residential properties in Essex.

Currently at the planning and legal contract stage and with land owned by the HCA and South Essex College (SEC) at Dry Street, Nethermayne, the project aims to deliver 725 new homes for the area, with the application to now be submitted to the local authority in late 2013/early 2014.

As part of the proposals, the HCA is also putting forward designs for the delivery of a new primary school, improvements for the local area's roads network and the expansion of the St Luke's Hospice.

Should full consent for the architect proposals be received, the project will provide hundreds of new private sale and affordable properties to bolster the housing market in the area - something the HCA is keen to deliver, as it looks to tackle the ongoing housing crisis that is afflicting many parts of the country.

Keith Parrett, managing director at Redrow Homes (South East), said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the development partner and look forward to working alongside the HCA, Basildon Borough Council and South Essex College to bring much needed new housing to the area.

"We believe that this location has great potential for a sustainable new neighbourhood, which would make a considerable contribution to meeting local housing needs and have a strong emphasis on quality family homes."

It is hoped the development will also deliver a major boost to employment within the local community, with upwards of 1,300 construction jobs to be created should the project receive the green light.

The public will have a chance to have their say on the proposed development, with the detailed planning application being opened up to scrutiny by local residents in the coming months. Initial site survey work has already been undertaken and the HCA and Redrow are both keen to push the project on. 

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