Families move into new homes

New tenants Lyndsay Thacker and Matthew Willis are welcomed by NKDC Leader Coun Marion Brighton. EMN-141222-143911001

New tenants Lyndsay Thacker and Matthew Willis are welcomed by NKDC Leader Coun Marion Brighton. EMN-141222-143911001

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The New Year will bring a new start for families moving into Sleaford’s newest homes.

The 26 one and two-bedroomed properties built on the site of a former care home in the heart of Sleaford are described by North Kesteven District Council as making ‘a significant contribution’ to the growing demand for smaller properties.

Arranged in a cul-de-sac off Mareham Lane, Bonner Close - on the site of Bonner House - incorporates six one-bed flats, seven one-bed bungalows and 13 two-bed houses.

Their size and location have made them very popular and have all been allocated to people with a strong local connection, including existing tenants who are downsizing.

Among the first to move in will be Lyndsay Thacker and Matthew Willis with their new-born daughter, who received news that they were allocated one of the new houses in the same week as Rosalie’s premature birth in late October.

“This will be our first family home and we are really looking forward to it. It’s a really nice house, big, light and spacious – it’s exactly what we want – and the fact that it will be so cheap to heat because of the energy efficiency that’s built in to it is a real bonus too,” said Lyndsay.

Built by Lindum BMS at a total cost of £2m, they have been constructed to North Kesteven’s Fabric First Standard which exceeds current building regulations, and fulfil Code 3 for sustainable homes, which means there is generous space and layouts developed through customer liaison, good attention to detail and low heating costs.

There is work currently under way by NKDC on 35 different sites, ranging from early concepts through to near-completion as the council pursues its vision to provide 500 new council homes over the next decade to meet local needs.

Coun Marion Brighton, leader of North Kesteven District Council, officially opened the houses with the builders, architects, new tenants, officers who had worked on the project and children from Redcroft Day Nursery opposite the site who had watched them being built.

She said: “House building is a very significant part of the council’s corporate plan, not only meeting the housing needs of our district but also building stronger communities and economic resilience.”

It was anticipated the first new tenants would move in over the Christmas period. The district council bought the site from Lincolnshire County Council after it closed Bonner House in a residential care review in 2012. Work began in October 2013. Children from Redcroft Day Nursery were even given spare materials for their own project.