Thurrock Council is one of only 3 UK councils to succeed in being selected to test a new pilot scheme aimed at unlocking development opportunities for delivering much-needed housing with small and medium enterprise (SME) builders.
The council is taking part in the initiative, launched by Local Partnerships, until March 2021. It is primarily aimed at stimulating house building with smaller, local businesses and supporting the local economy as it recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet member for housing, said: "This unique opportunity will give the council the potential to unlock even more housing development opportunities and get spades in the ground to drive the transformation of Thurrock, alongside benefiting from the skills of smaller, local builders and supporting the local economy.
"We already engage with development companies and are keen to see smaller, local builders in a position to be able to supply more new affordable homes in our borough and bring further diversity to the range of affordable housing suppliers.
"There is a role for local developers to showcase schemes they can deliver that will meet the council's specifications and budget, on land that developers can buy or already own. The scheme is ideally looking for local builders and developers who typically deliver between 3 to 10 homes on 1 site per year.
"If you are interested in being part of this pilot scheme, we encourage you to register your organisation on the council’s procurement portal from 5pm on Friday 29 January 2021 at Small Site Housing Development (The Development of Affordable Homes in Thurrock)."