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.
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.