Roman Way houses - artists impression

A proposal to build 15 houses on vacant land in Billericay has been approved by councillors.

At a meeting yesterday evening, members of Basildon Council’s Planning Committee granted permission for the development in Roman Way.

The site was previously occupied by a sheltered housing scheme which was deemed beyond economical repair and has been vacant since spring 2016.

A development of 15 semi-detached and terraced two-storey houses will be built by Sempra Homes in its place. The properties will be a combination of two, three and four-bedroom houses.

In total, nine of the homes will be available for affordable rent or shared ownership. The proposals also include the creation of a new road providing access to the properties from neighbouring School Road. The development will include 31 car parking spaces, 30 cycle spaces and two coach spaces for use by neighbouring Billericay School.

Sempra Homes has brought forward the proposals in close liaison with the school, which supports the development.

Cllr Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, said:

“Sempra was set up with the aim of building high-quality and affordable homes for our residents. We are now well and truly seeing this ambition being realised as numerous schemes across the borough progress.”

Sempra Homes, which was set up by Basildon Council as an independent company, is committed to delivering properties across the borough and will provide a variety of different tenures including affordable rent, shared ownership, market rent and market sale.

All profits will be reinvested by the council to further improve the quality of housing for residents of Basildon.

Sempra Homes commenced trading in December 2015 when it let five private rent, high specification flats in Lincewood Court, Laindon.

Earlier this month, the company received planning permission for the development of 20 apartments at Long Lynderswood, Basildon, which will be available for shared ownership.

The developments will contribute towards Basildon Council’s New Build Housing Programme and provide much needed affordable rent properties in the borough.

For further information about Sempra Homes, visit the website

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