Two houses in Brightlingsea have been completed to become Tendring District Council’s (TDC) first new-builds in around 30 years.

The two and three bedroom high specification houses in Hastings Place have provided affordable and energy efficient homes including gardens and parking spaces for two local Brightlingsea families and more will follow.

Two maisonettes and ten garages which were beyond economic repair were knocked down to make way for them.

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Benefits and Revenues, said these will be added to the Council’s existing housing stock of more than 3,000 homes.

“I am extremely pleased with the result and it is all part of a promise to provide good quality homes and build local homes for local people,” he said.

“TDC has made substantial financial provision within its business plan to carry out this new build project and this follows on from the six homes we purchased last year.

“The overall aim is to increase and improve the Council’s stock of good quality and affordable rented homes into which we will be housing local families.

“The money has come from our Housing Revenue Account and we will continue to work in partnership with our existing tenants to maintain a balance between providing new homes and improving existing properties.”

The Brightlingsea houses comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes and are environmentally friendly.

They include features such as an insulated shell, an efficient heating system, and low voltage LED lighting.  Solar panels have been installed on the roof to help reduce costs.

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