Work begins on £4.3m retirement village on former farmland near Lincoln

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Developers have kicked off building work on a £4.3 million housing scheme for older people in Washingborough near Lincoln.

Eight two-bedroom bungalows and 26 two-bedroom apartments for over 55s will be built on land formerly used for farming on Church Hill.

The scheme will be run by the LACE Housing charity, in partnership with North Kesteven District Council, and was brought forward with the help of a £1.6 million grant from the government’s Homes England as part of the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes programme.

Partners celebrated the start of the build with a turf cutting ceremony.

Lincoln firm Lindum Group is the main contractor and other partners include Thornton-Firkin, Longhurst Group, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and architect firm Saunders Boston.

The new homes will be available in 2019 to either rent or buy through a shared ownership scheme, with prices yet to be confirmed.

The designs for the bungalows as part of the scheme.

Councillor Mrs Sally Tarry, Chairman of NKDC, said: “The council has worked with LACE Housing and the landowners for a number of years.

“We are delighted that LACE Housing, as one of the authority’s registered provider partners, has chosen to deliver a scheme of much needed affordable homes for older people in Washingborough.”