Council homes permitted

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

A scheme to build three new council houses on land off George Street in Sleaford has been given the go ahead by North Kesteven District Council’s planning sub-committee, despite objections from neighbours.

The site is set between two rows of houses, numbers 144 to 146 Grantham Road and numbers 10-14 George Street, using land occupied by five lock-up garages owned by the council and part of the gardens of the properties on George Street (also owned by the council) and number 146 Grantham Road. The block of three, two-bedroom affordable homes would have small rear gardens and parking space to the front.

One resident objected on grounds that it would affect the privacy of their garden and kitchen, while another claimed they were to lose one of their three ornamental ponds as well as affecting trees in the garden.

The Town Council, while supporting the initiative had concerns about the living space and parking area being too cramped (one space for each property plus two for visitors).

Sub-committee members last Tuesday gave the go-ahead by 15 votes to three. It was reported the lost pond could be replaced or reimbursed with adequate garden space remaining. It was said no reduction in rents would be offered and privacy concerns could be addressed by obscured glass in toilets and bathrooms and a 1.8m high fence.