Building works are under way on Lafford Homes’ second development.

ENGIE Regeneration/Lafford Homes/North Kesteven District Council. Ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction at Station Road.
8th September 2020, ENGIE Regeneration/Lafford Homes/North Kesteven District Council Ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction at Station Road.

L-R Jonny Woodhead (Contracts Manager), Nathan Brough (Regional Director), Councillor Richard Wright (Leader of NKDC), Richard Turner (Project Manager), Councillor Ian Carrington (Deputy Leader of NKDC), Philip Roberts (Director, Lafford Homes), Simon Robinson (Building Surveyor, working on behalf of Lafford Homes and Project Lead on this site).

Image copyright: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com

Lafford Homes, the housing company wholly owned by North Kesteven District Council, is on site in Waddington beginning work which will lead to 42 much-needed new rental opportunities.

Transforming an old nursery site at the bottom of the hill on Station Road, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE is currently engaged in ground works in preparation for a mix of one -to-four bedroomed flats, houses and bungalows.

In total there will be 28 homes for the private rental market and 14 designated as affordable rent units. They will be highly efficient, completed to a high specification and uniquely designed.

The 63-week programme is expected to complete in September 2021. It is anticipated that the first tenants will begin moving into the new homes from July 2021 onwards.

Lafford Homes is a fresh approach towards meeting local housing demands. It aims to unlock more housing choice by building more homes for let at a market level rent.

The company operates through its own board of directors, using existing building firms to fulfil its projects; seeking to raise the bar as an exemplar landlord, in terms of rental standards across the board.

Director Phil Roberts said: “It is fantastic to see work really get going on providing these much-needed homes in the District.

“Our contractor is on site and the preparatory works on drainage, site servicing and roadways is progressing well, naturally with full consideration of the new requirements around safe working and site access in response to the coronavirus.

“Through Lafford Homes we aim to bring more housing choice to North Kesteven, with homes in places that people want, linked to the facilities they need, at a fair price.

“It is an innovative venture designed to stimulate the local housing market.

“This is the largest scheme undertaken by Lafford Homes so far, having unlocked more housing choice in North Hykeham, Thorpe on the Hill and through acquisition of individual homes across many local communities to date. We look forward to the completion of this excellent development and to welcoming the first tenants next summer.”

Nathan Brough, Regional Director at ENGIE, said: “At ENGIE, we’re dedicated to improving communities and the lives of those within them.

“Research carried out by North Kesteven District Council has shown that nearly 80% of their residents favour an affordable housing development just like this one, so we’re really proud to play a part in bringing these much-needed new homes to the area.

“This is an exciting project and we look forward to seeing the new residents move in next year.”

A small photo opportunity took place at the site on September 8, with social distancing and additional coronavirus measures in place.

The scheme was originally approved for outline permission in February 2017 with the final planning application approved in June 2020.

Lafford Homes continues to grow as a company, building and buying up housing opportunities in response to local need. The number of properties currently owned stands at 72 which includes 24 properties acquired during the last financial year.

The completion of the Waddington project will bring Lafford Homes’ portfolio up to 114 properties.

The company was established by North Kesteven District Council for the purpose of investing in new housing by focussing on supporting the delivery of high quality private rented accommodation and, where scheme viability allows, the provision of affordable housing in line with the Local Planning Authority’s planning obligations. The company was established on 4 August 2016.

To find out more about the development, contact us or go to www.laffordhomes.co.uk/new-developments

Notes: Photo taken on 8 September 2020, ahead of the new government restrictions placed on the size of groups being able to meet. Social distancing was adhered to as part of the photoshoot.

Lafford Homes Purchases 17 New Properties

Lafford Homes are pleased to announce the acquisition of 17 homes at Swallowbeck Court, Doddington Road, Lincoln.

Swallowbeck Court consists of sixteen 2 bedroom apartments across 4 blocks and one 3 bedroom bungalow, nestled within a quiet, secure gated cul-de-sac and all with allocated parking.

The acquisition had the benefit of existing tenants – whom we are delighted to welcome to the Lafford Homes family.

 

The purchase of Swallowbeck Court brings the total number of properties available to rent from Lafford Homes to 72.  Our homes are a mixture of houses and apartments; some market rent and some affordable rent – all situated across North Kesteven and South Lincoln.

See more details here: https://www.laffordhomes.co.uk/property/swallowbeck-court-lincoln/

New Non-Executive Director for Lafford Homes

Effective 1st August 2018, Lafford Homes is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Non-Executive Director – Matthew Spittles.

Matthew has worked in housing for many years and most recently was Director of Property & Development for Boston Mayflower Housing Association before taking early retirement in March 2018. In that role he led the company’s development programme in which 320 new homes were acquired including both new build properties commissioned from developers and acquisitions from existing housing providers. These homes were a mixture of affordable homes for rent, market products and also commercial leases. 

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Steam Court gets its first residents

Steam Court

The first residents are moving into new flats in North Hykeham, which are the first homes developed by a new company set up expressly to respond to local housing need within North Kesteven.

Lafford Homes Ltd is a new housing company wholly-owned by North Kesteven District Council, marking a fresh approach towards meeting local housing demand and unlocking more housing choice by building more homes for private let at market-level rent. Continue reading “Steam Court gets its first residents”

North Kesteven listed within Housing Heavy Hitters

Phil Roberts

North Kesteven District Council’s Corporate Director Phil Roberts has been singled out as a progressive leader within local government housing development.

Industry magazine Inside Housing includes him within their ‘Power List of the Heavy Hitters driving the Delivery of New Homes’ – identifying him as one of eight ‘Accelerators’, described as ‘individuals moving at a pace’. Continue reading “North Kesteven listed within Housing Heavy Hitters”