New council bungalows unveiled in Birchwood

The first five of 20 new council bungalows in Birchwood have been completed and are nearly ready for their first tenants.

Contractors Woodhead Living handed the keys to the properties on Eastleigh Close to City of Lincoln Council on Thursday, November 26.

Built on land formerly occupied by garages, these homes will help the council meet a growing demand for bungalows in the area and are part of a wider scheme to build 150 new council properties in Lincoln over six years.

Councillor Pete West, Portfolio Holder for Housing at the city council, said: “Increasing the supply of affordable housing is one of our three main priorities and these additional homes will help meet some of the very high demand we have for all types of housing.

“Our house building programme is extremely important given the urgent need for more affordable homes in the city – there are around 3,000 people registered on our council house waiting list.

“A good home is essential to people’s health and wellbeing and we have also made energy efficiency a priority in order to keep down the cost of bills for our tenants.”

Further bungalows are being built in sites off Camwood Crescent, Whitehorn Grove and Clematis Approach.

Michael Broadhurst, Project Co-ordinator for Woodhead Living, and Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the city council, celebrate the completion of the new bungalows

Michael Broadhurst, Project Co-ordinator for Woodhead Living, and Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the city council, celebrate the completion of the new bungalows. Photo: Stuart Wilde

Michael Broadhurst, Project Coordinator for Woodhead Living, said: “The site on Eastleigh Close is the first of our five sites to complete and features five bungalows, including a wheelchair adapted property.

“The homes have been built using a high quality ‘fabric-first’ approach, ensuring the fabric of the building is built to a high energy standard without complicated technologies.

“This approach keeps the homes and their tenants warm and secure without costing the earth, which is vital through the colder months.

“All properties across the programme are being built to this high standard, offering the council a reliable and sustainable housing stock, which is built to last.”

The project is due for completion in March 2016.