Plans to build over 30 modular flats for local people and families were given the thumbs up at a planning committee meeting last night (12 November).

The developments by Be First in Wivenhoe Road and Sugden Way will help the council house local people who are on the housing list.

Councillor Cameron Geddes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Social Housing, said: “We are determined to reduce homelessness in our borough.

“These homes are for local people on the waiting list and families who are currently living in bed and breakfast accommodation.

“Building these homes allows us to keep local people near their wider family and save taxpayers’ money.”

Jennie Coombs, Head of Affordable Housing at Be First, said: “These homes will be largely built off site using the latest modular materials and technology.

“It means we can build better homes at pace for local people.”

The Wivenhoe development will feature 20 modular flats.

And in Sugden Way, Barking, it will include one bedroom, eight two bedroom and four three-bedroom flats.