Plan to build affordable housing on council car park

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) plans to build affordable housing on one of its staff car parks.

The development proposal would see 11 flats, four houses and one bungalow built on land off Duke Street in Sleaford currently occupied by a 35 space car park used by NKDC staff. It would also include land occupied by a disused upholstery workshop.

A district council spokesman said the proposal is in line with its long term policy of building 500 new council homes in 10 years.

He stated if approved, measures would ensure council staff cars are not displaced onto neighbouring residential streets.

This would include a residents parking scheme for the area to restrict parking to residential permit holders and their visitors only. Designated essential car users will relocate into the council’s main car park, while other users will make use of spaces in other nearby under-used car parks. He said employees would be instructed to park sensibly and use car parks whenever possible including the planned Grantham Road car park when travelling from the south.