A national pilot to encourage more small developers to build affordable homes is being trialled in Tendring.
The district is one of just three areas chosen to pilot the initiative, being led by Local Partnerships – an organisation owned by the Treasury, the Local Government Association and the Welsh Government.
The project aims to see more small sites which are suitable for housing taken forward by small and medium developers or companies. The projects would be financed by Tendring District Council (TDC), with the homes then transferred to council ownership to support accommodation needs.
Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member for Housing, said the pilot aligned with the council’s own Housing Strategy.
“Our recently adopted Housing Strategy places an emphasis on smaller sites, recognising their importance,” Paul said.
“We also have a clear need for more council housing, and these types of sites are often ideal for this.
“This initiative supports our Back to Business agenda, getting local construction firms back working, while also helping to provide good quality local homes for local people.”
Learning from the pilot will inform the national roll out of the initiative.
The initiative is aimed at smaller local house builders, ideally with projects which can deliver between three and nine homes on one site.
TDC is looking for construction SMEs or landowners with deliverable schemes, who would be interested in taking part, to get in touch.
To find out more visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/housing/small-housebuilding-schemeor email firstname.lastname@example.org.