City of Lincoln Council is delivering 172 properties with partners over the next six months to meet the demand for much-needed affordable housing in the city.
The new stock is being block purchased directly from developments that are being delivered by Waterloo Housing Group and Westleigh Partnerships Ltd, and aims to reduce the waiting list for affordable housing by transferring current council tenants to the new properties, which in turn, will vacate existing properties to be let to applicants on the Housing Register.
The new properties are located on Allenby Close near Monks Road, Lytton Street in the Stamp End area, Ingleby Crescent in the Ermine area and the former school site on Westwick Drive in the Boultham area. The properties have been built to a minimum standard to raise the quality of housing in Lincoln.
The distribution of the properties will be done in accordance to the size and type of each unit, matched with an applicant’s current needs.
The introduction of these properties is just the beginning of City of Lincoln Council’s new build programme as it works toward the Vision 2020 target of 400 new homes by 2020.
Simon Walters, Strategic Director for Communities and Environment, said: “City of Lincoln Council and our partners are in the middle of a significant new build development programme which will see more than 170 council properties become available for occupation over the next six months.
“The council’s Executive is being asked to approve a Local Lettings Plan which will give priority for these new properties to our existing tenants who may be in housing need due to their current accommodation being unsuitable.
“If approved, this Plan will ensure that more than 170 of our current tenants are provided with newly built accommodation which is fit for their needs. With these tenants moving to the new-build properties, this will free-up their current properties to be let to people more widely on our housing waiting list.
“We estimate that overall up to 400 additional opportunities will arise for people to move either directly to the new build properties or from people moving within the existing housing stock. To put this in context, typically, the council handles 600 moves in total in a normal year, so these additional planned 400 moves on top of that are most welcome.
“This is an incredibly exciting time as we deliver much-needed, high-quality housing which meets the varied needs of our residents.”
To view the brochures for the new build properties, please visit www.lincoln.gov.uk/housingbrochures. Tenants can apply for one of the properties on the City of Lincoln Council website by visiting: https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/housing/council-tenants/applying-for-a-council-house/.
New build homes on Westwick Drive