Birchwood group submits plans for 62 affordable homes

Plans have been submitted for 62 affordable homes to be built on public open space in Birchwood.

Community group Birchwood Big Local, which is run by residents, has officially submitted th plans for the new homes, primarily for the elderly, a new play park and public open space on Jasmine Green.

The group previously secured £1 million of funding through the Big Local programme to make a lasting difference in the community.

Proposals would see the 62 homes built on land off Aldergrove Crecsent and Jasmin Walk and to rear of Snetterton Close and Birchwood Centre.

This comes after councillors approved in principle the allocation of the land to Birchwood Big Local under lease.

If approved, 62 affordable dwellings would be built with vehicular access, hard and soft landscaping and play equipment.

Building work would comprise:

  • 24 one-bed flats/maisonettes
  • 19 one-bed houses
  • 19 two-bed houses

Vice Chair of Birchwood Big Local David George said: “This is the first time people can see the final plan. The original proposal and allocation of land were approved in principle by the city council and we have been in consultation with local resident for a long while.

“After consulting with residents a prominent theme was that people were keen to improve outdoor play equipment and more provision for young people in the area.

“The affordable homes element of the scheme will allow us to provide a much needed supply of homes for elderly people in the area, in accordance with the local plan, but it will also be a viable source of funding from ground rent that we will be able to re-invest in the local area.

“There are a lot of talks before about the possibility of a skate park and it proved quite a controversial topic.

“While it’s not part of the planning application right now, it is still on the cards and u for discussion via further consultations.”

Councillors at the City of Lincoln Council will discuss plans at a later date.