Hi-tech council homes completed in Greylees

The new council flats in Greylees, showing the outdoor gym trail exercise equipment. EMN-150623-134721001
The new council flats in Greylees, showing the outdoor gym trail exercise equipment. EMN-150623-134721001

A further 24 new affordable homes have been added to North Kesteven’s increasing housing stock as the district council continues to progress its plan for 500 new homes over a decade.

Council tenants are already moving into the new flats on the Greylees development close to Sleaford.

These latest homes were built by Barratt Homes as part of the redevelopment of the former Rauceby Hospital site under an obligation to provide a number of low-cost units.

Arranged across five blocks, the spacious one and two-bed flats were transferred into the council’s ownership at a cost of £1.2m.

As with all of North Kesteven’s new build housing, they offer high thermal insulation and energy efficiency to make them cost-effective to live in. The 10 ground floor flats are fully accessible for those with mobility issues too.

In the past five years, the council has built 100 homes over 19 schemes in 10 towns and villages, with this development bringing it up to 124 in 20 locations. It is currently working on 30 further schemes.

Under a fresh commitment, the council has recently adopted a New Build Strategy that includes scope to continually seek out new opportunities for schemes built to better standards than industry expectations, with high energy-efficiency and strong community consideration.

This even includes pioneering innovative Passivhaus principles to cut living expenses for tenants, modular building techniques to increase construction speed and efficiency and incorporation of solar technologies.

Coun Stewart Ogden, North Kesteven District Council executive board member for housing matters, said: “These 24 new flats at Orkney Drive in Greylees are a significant contribution towards the council’s major £50m programme to develop 500 homes over 10 years, in order to meet the district’s housing needs.

“We worked closely with the developers to ensure tenants’ needs would be met, especially as flats such as these are in such high demand in the south of the district. Priority for the fully accessible ground floor flats will be offered to the elderly and those with disabilities and with tenants moving in already I am sure they will be very happy in their new council properties.”