Updated plans for new council-owned homes

Updated plans for new council-owned homes

Updated plans for new council-owned homes

 Published: 12-Jul-2021

As part of our programme of building hundreds of new council-owned homes, Gravesham Borough Council’s Planning Committee will be considering an updated application for a site at Constable Road and Rembrandt Drive, Gravesend, at its meeting on 21 July.

As part of the plans, six garages on Rembrandt Drive would be demolished to make room for the scheme, with one wheelchair accessible bungalow being built on Rembrandt Drive.

A further six one-bedroom bungalows would be built on Constable Road.

Planning permission has previously been granted for the development, but the council is asking the committee for permission to move the position of the bungalow on Rembrandt Drive to ensure access is maintained for existing residents while the new development is built.

Cllr John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “In response to our consultation during the drafting of the council’s Corporate Plan, local people were clear that they wanted us to build more council-owned homes.

“We are doing that at pace. Admiral Beatty House, our latest development of 12 one-bed and 12 two-bed apartments at Whitehill Road, on the site of a former Tenants’ Association Hall, is complete and the first tenants will be moving in soon. We have a pipeline of other developments on the way.

“We are ensuring they provide a real mix of accommodation suitable for tenants of all ages and families of all sizes.”

The plans for the Rembrandt Drive/Constable Road development include improvements to the green space at the site, including a new play area for local children and a programme of tree planting.

Cllr Burden added: “To build the new homes so badly needed by local people in an already built up area, it is sometimes unfortunately necessary to make use of some small areas of open space.

“This new development will by necessity take in around a third of the Constable Road open space. However, we will be making significant improvements to the remainder for the enjoyment of both current and future residents, including installing a new children’s play area and tree planting.”

Cllr Burden added that the plans for Constable Road and Rembrandt Drive, and other developments in the pipeline, would have a direct and positive impact on the numbers of those waiting for council-owned homes in the Borough.

He said: “We have recently carried out a review of our housing register to ensure those on it are local people who are the most in need of a council-owned home.

“Now we are pressing ahead with our plans to build properties they will be proud to call home.”

 Last updated: 12-Jul-2021

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