October 29, 2013 10.11 am This story is over 121 months old

Work on new Lincoln council houses begins

First stage: Work is set to begin on the Stapleford Avenue council housing project with the demolition of garages.

Work is due to start next week on five new eco-friendly council homes in north Lincoln.

As previously reported, the two semi-detached houses and three townhouses, each with car-parking space and gardens, will be built on the site previously occupied by 10 garages.

The City of Lincoln Council, with Lindum Construction, will start at the site on Stapleford Avenue next week, ready to take their first tenants in the spring.

Originally proposed as bungalows, the recent changes to plans will mean the space will be used to its full capacity.

Each townhouse will have three bedrooms, with the semi-detached houses having two bedrooms each.

All of the new properties will be built to Code 4 of the national building standard Code for Sustainable Homes, featuring eco-elements such as solar panels and low energy use components.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe will be visiting the site during demolition to see the first stage in action.

He said: “Getting people off the waiting list and into homes is one of the council’s key priorities.

“Over the coming years we are aiming to significantly increase the council’s housing stock and projects such as Stapleford Avenue and Wellington Street are small steps to achieving that goal.

“We are very pleased we will also be able to offer steps to keep energy bills low by adding green features.”

Increasing the supply of affordable housing is one of the council’s three main priorities alongside growing the local economy and protecting the city’s poorest people.

Kevin Damarell, Managing Director of Lindum BMS, added: “We are delighted to be working with the City of Lincoln Council once again to create additional modern, energy efficient homes to help fulfil a much needed requirement.

“It is particularly rewarding for us as a local construction company to build new homes for people in our own community.”