Decision time for £9m scheme

An impression of how the new look street scene will be on Newfield Road in Sleaford after the re-vamp. EMN-150106-163638001
An impression of how the new look street scene will be on Newfield Road in Sleaford after the re-vamp. EMN-150106-163638001

Council house tenants are being invited to inspect the finalised plans for a £9m redevelopment of their neighbourhood prior to the scheme going to the planning committee for consideration.

Residents of Newfield Road and the wider community will be able to attend the site office at number 19 Newfield Road between 10am and 6pm this Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, to see the full set of plan drawings and raise any queries or concerns ahead of the planning sub-committee meeting scheduled to take place on June 16.

The Newfield Road application is scheduled to begin no sooner than 6.30pm, so residents are advised to attend from around 6.20pm and wait.

The meeting agenda and reports will be available to view online, in the council offices and at the Newfield Road site office from around noon on Monday, June 8. All plans and comments can be viewed at: using the reference 15/0426/FUL

If the scheme gets the go-ahead, tenders will be invited for the three-year contract, explained a council spokesman.

He said: “The aim is to have tenders returned in September, ready for consideration and decision in the autumn, and work to begin towards the end of the year or early next January.”

Preparations are already being made, getting specialist advice on roads, drains, structural engineering, damp surveying and other essential tasks.

The council’s executive board has already consented to making the unprecedented capital investment for the authority to extend and refurbish 63 homes, demolish six and build 18 new properties and to create a new road layout, parking spaces and landscaping. The new houses are planned as six one-bed bungalows, four three-bed houses and eight two-bed houses.

The council’s aim is to make the houses easier and more comfortable to live in, improve the wider environment, slow vehicles and support a stronger community, with new space for children’s play and community activity.

The scheme is part of a £30m spending programme for housing over the next three years.

The NKDC spokesman said: “Overall the final design has been welcomed by 60 of the 62 occupied households, with support for gardens to be lost in favour of house extensions and parking, and for bedroom numbers to be reduced to create more popular and manageable two or three-bed homes.”

New open space will be introduced and gardens reduced in size to allow for new access roads serving new parking spaces and the 18 new-build homes.