Affordable housing set to be reduced in 167-home North Hykeham scheme

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Previously approved plans for 167 homes in North Hykeham will go before councillors again to consider a reduction in affordable housing.

North Kesteven District Council approved the proposals from Tennyson Homes for land off Cleveland Avenue at a meeting in Sleaford in January 2017, despite traffic concerns raised by councillors.

The homes have been designed around a main loop road extending from Cleveland Avenue around to Hambleton Avenue.

However, the development will now go before the Planning Sub-Committee again after the developers applied to reduce the amount of affordable housing from 35% to 20%.

The site plan for 167 homes in North Hykeham

The development sat within the now withdrawn 2007 North Kesteven Local Plan, which required the provision of 35% affordable housing, equating to 58 homes.

This has been replaced by the Lincoln Strategy Area, with the level of affordable housing now set at 20% or 33 homes.

Contribution towards education facilities in the area is also proposed to come down from £915,772 to £428,505, which would only go to primary provision.

Secondary school and sixth form improvements are now funded through a Community Infrastructure Levy, with the developers asked to make a payment of £335,000 to this.

Other recommended payments to be discussed by councillors are:

  • £350,000 towards the Lincoln Southern Bypass or local projects if the bypass is not built
  • £70,975 to enhance medical facilities in North Hykeham
  • £131,170 for sports and leisure facilities in the town

Councillors on North Kesteven District Council’s Planning Sub-Committee are recommended to approve the changes at a meeting on Tuesday, March 13.