A SMALL development of sustainable homes is proving popular with tenants.
All seven of the new bungalows built at Eslaforde Gardens in Sleaford specifically for the over 55s are occupied, with residents giving them an ‘excellent’ rating in all areas.
They were built by Langwith Builders at a cost of around £610,000 and financed jointly by North Kesteven District Council and the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency which are co-funding the construction of 46 homes in total at a cost of £6.2m. The extension to Eslaforde Gardens brings the number of completed new homes in the district to 35, with a further 11 set for completion in Martin this autumn.
District council leader Coun Marion Brighton told guests at the official opening event for the new bungalows that the council was intent on building affordable homes to meet local need.
She said: “As with the other nine completed sites this is a fantastic development which not only meets the needs of the new tenants but also offers something to the existing tenants in the way of the new communal courtyard garden.
“I can see why the residents are so delighted with them as every aspect is so carefully thought out and crafted. They really are exceptional.”
As well as having solar water heating and air-source heat pumps, the homes are thoroughly insulated and finished off to meet level 4 of the sustainability code.
The communal garden is very popular. For tenant Julie Marshall having access to a garden without the trouble of maintaining it is a great boon as one of the reasons she moved around the corner from a bigger house in St Giles Avenue was the size of the garden.
She said: “I’ve got a nice little patio now with just a couple of borders for herbs and flowers and with the extra insulation it’s easier to heat the house and keep warm.”