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Walton-on-the-Naze to benefit from 53 affordable houses

17 Feb Walton-on-the-Naze to benefit from 53 affordable houses

A planning application to build 53 affordable homes in Walton-on-the-Naze has been given the green light by Tendring District Council (TDC).

Councillors on the Planning Committee approved the scheme at a meeting last week (Wednesday, 12 February), for development on the former Martello Caravan Park off Kirby Road.

The site has been redeveloped in recent years, including two supermarkets, housing and a care facility, with the latest application being for a parcel of land which originally had planning permission for a Tesco store; planning permission for which has lapsed after Tesco withdrew nationally from new build projects.

In their proposals the developer stated all of the homes would be affordable; while the exact mix is to be determined, the plan is to build the properties on behalf of a housing association.

Because the entire development will be affordable, the normal financial contributions for facilities in the community will for the most part be waived – though a contribution will still be needed to support environmental protection measures.

This, along with the commitment to 100% affordable housing and a review mechanism to ensure further infrastructure contributions are made should the financial position change, will be secured through a legal agreement.

Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member for Housing, welcomed the Planning Committee’s decision.