LAND is to be released for the building of more affordable housing following a review of garages operated by North Kesteven District Council.
The council has identified that some of their garages are difficult to let and the land would be better used to provide houses for people on the district’s housing waiting list.
The council’s executive board has agreed that where there is no demand for the garages provision can be made for them to be demolished.
They are looking at 118 garages at eight sites across the district. In all cases there will be local consultation as part of the process before a final decision is taken.
Because of high demand for garages in Sleaford and North Hykeham, the council has said rents will increase in the two towns by 25 per cent more than the 5 per cent incremental increase brought in elsewhere over three years starting next April.
Corporate director Karen Bradford said the review would ‘ensure the right level of provision in the right areas to meet the demand for garage storage whilst releasing valuable land assets for the broader benefits of increased housing provision’.
“Is it more important that we have somewhere for people to live, or for them to have somewhere to put their car or store the items they would otherwise have in their home,” she said.
Coun Stewart Ogden, who has executive oversight for housing, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to make better use of the land taken up by under-used garages at a time of significant housing need.”
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