The government-funded Brownfield Land Assembly Company has submitted plans to turn a former tyre yard in Sittingbourne, Kent into eight new affordable eco-homes.

The new apartments will be designed and built to Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) guidelines.

Each will be compliant with the HCA's space standards and will meet the criteria necessary for 'Lifetime Homes and Building for Life' accreditation.

They will also meet minimum Code Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The Brownfield Land Assembly Company (BLAC), which is funded by the HCA, was established by Hyde Housing Association, RJ Barwick and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), aims to tackle the serious shortage of housing in the South East by acquiring and remediating clusters of small brownfield sites.

David Ashworth, HCA South East development director said: ‘BLAC is an important component in the on-going regeneration of specific sites throughout the South East. Working alongside the HCA and SEEDA, BLAC’s role in building new homes on small parcels of brownfield land, such as this site in Sittingbourne, is vital in helping deliver the government’s targets for new homes in the region.’