Council housing revamp gets go-ahead by planners

An impression of how the new look street scene will be on Newfield Road in Sleaford after the re-vamp. EMN-150507-115435001
An impression of how the new look street scene will be on Newfield Road in Sleaford after the re-vamp. EMN-150507-115435001

North Kesteven District councillors have given the go-ahead for a £7.75million project to update one of the authority’s oldest housing estates.

The plan is to revamp housing on Newfield Road, dating back to the late 1920s, adding rear extensions for bedrooms and dining areas onto 63 properties, reconfiguring the road layout to slow traffic speeds and create off-street parking areas, as well as demolishing six houses to make way for 18 more.

Insulation, windows and exterior appearance of properties would be enhanced.

At the council’s planning sub-committee on June 16, it was explained by Simon Robinson from the authority’s property services team that there had been comprehensive consultation with residents and the wider community which raised a number of issues with the current housing including problems with damp, over sized gardens and excessive traffic speed. He said: “This scheme enables us to slow traffic and access the large rear gardens to create more access roads.”

Coun Steve Clegg for Sleaford Town Council supported the scheme but echoed some residents’ concerns on The Drove that more houses would add to traffic congestion.

But Coun Stewart Ogden said: “This is a fantastic scheme and I am pleased we have consulted well with the residents. County highways have no issues.”