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A new affordable housing development project managed by Iceni Homes on Main Road in Harwich has finally been given the go ahead. The current building has long been considered an eyesore and formally housed the Bernard’s Uniform Factory.

Planning permission was finally granted in November 2015 by Tendering District Council for the demolition of the redundant factory paving the way for the building of 27 new properties. The mix includes 1 and 2 bedroom flats and 2 and 3 bedroom houses.

Rose Builders have been awarded the building contract and demolition will start mid January 2016 with the building work following on. Completion is anticipated in autumn 2017. The properties will be available for affordable rent and allocated via Tendering District Council.

The total cost of the project is 4.3m with funding from Colne Housing and £748,000 of grant from the HCA.

Iceni Homes/Colne Housing held an information day for local residents last year. Since the factory closed in 2007, the site has been vandalised and become an eyesore. 

Colne’s chief executive Sara Thakkar said: “We are pleased to be able to provide 27 modern new-build homes for affordable rent to help ease the housing crisis in the area.

“The project is likely to start within weeks with the demolition of the existing buildings. All our homes will be allocated via Tendring District Council to families and single people in the local area in need of housing.”

Colne has said priority will be given to residents who have lived in Tendring for the past three years.

View the plans here