A housing scheme has been approved for an old highways depot on the edge of a Lincolnshire town. The £8.9m estate will be built on almost two hectares of land at the Hoplands in Sleaford, near to busy Boston Road, aiming to meet local requirements and improve biodiversity.
It will comprise of 20 new homes, alongside 40 extra-care flats for older people and 12 maisonettes for working-age adults with specific needs. Richard Wright, the leader of North Kesteven District Council, said it would address several concerns in the community, including the provision of quality homes that meet demand, the health and wellbeing of residents and the promotion of ‘positive climate action’.
He added: “It is a cohesive scheme with well-designed structures that tie in with the character of the area, makes effective and efficient use of previously developed land and responds to a number of specific and important areas of housing need. I look forward to seeing it develop over the coming months.”
The extra-care block of flats will include a roof garden and an enclosed private garden. Measures including installing solar panels, planting trees, erecting nesting boxes for swifts and sparrows and bat roosting boxes are expected to increase biodiversity in the area by 10 per cent.
There is currently no extra-care accommodation in the district, with the council having identified a growing need. Cllr Wendy Bowkett, who oversees adult care and public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Extra care is about maximising independence and improving wellbeing for our older residents.
“We need to respond to the developing care needs of our residents as they age, giving them further choice and control in key aspects of their life such as where they live and the type of support package they receive.”