Residents have been giving their feedback on plans for a £7.75million revamp of a street of council houses in Sleaford.
Newfield Road has some of the oldest social housing stock in the town rented out by North Kesteven District Council (NKDC). Over the next three years, the council will be undertaking a major project which will involve temporary relocation of tenants while properties are extended, enhanced and remodelled, with potential also for new houses to be built while others could be demolished.
An initial four-month period of consultation has ended and suggestions have been inputted into several possible property plans and ideas for changing the street layout which were put on show at the road’s community room last week for residents to comment on before finalising the plans for approval next February.
The revamp is to deal with known design and construction problems such as damp and is also an opportunity to build new council properties more suited to demand. Many residents have asked for properties with fewer bedrooms and better parking, as well as safer areas for children to play outside.
Assistant building surveyor Dave Collett said tenants called for better storage, an extended dining area or study for the children or a ground floor bathroom.
He said: “Twenty-one tenants said they would prefer two instead of three bedrooms as they have smaller families.
“To address the damp issues we would insulate the walls on the outside which would give us opportunity to alter the appearance of the properties with porch canopies and colours, pebbledash rendering or timber to make them more modern looking and economical to heat.”
Designs show altered street layout to overcome traffic safety issues, while traffic would not increase as the overall number of bedrooms would not increase. Construction traffic would be limited to less busy times.
NKDC chief executive Ian Fytche was delighted with how it was progressing, saying: “We could really lift the appearance of the estate. These properties date back to 1929 and it is 37 years since the last major refurbishment.”
Tenant representative Pat Cross said it had been a long time coming, but said: “I cannot wait for it to be finished, not only for myself but a lot of families. The houses have needed modernising because of damp issues and it will hopefully make them bigger and better. A lot of families have quite a few children in quite small houses. I would like to stay in the same property but downsize it from a three bedroom to two bedroom.”