Work commences on new council homes on Rookery Lane

A CGI of Rookery Lane housing

City of Lincoln Council have started work on the delivery of 42 new council homes on Rookery Lane, Lincoln.

The development will include 32 two to four-bed houses, four two-bedroom bungalows and six one-bedroom flats. These homes will be provided for affordable rent upon completion. 

They will be high quality, energy efficient which all meet the lifetime home standard with public open space also provided within the site.

Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing, Cllr Donald Nannestad, said: “It is exciting that we are starting the works to deliver 42 new council homes on Rookery Lane, supported by Homes England funding. These homes will be let at affordable rents to meet needs of local residents, and all lettings for the housing will be made under the Council’s allocations policy. 

“Continued housing growth is key to ensure that there is a sufficient availability of homes to support economic growth and job creation in Lincoln, and these high-quality homes will help meet this demand.”

Daren Turner, Strategic Director of Housing and Investment, said: “Good relationships across the council and with external partners have been critical in facilitating a successful capital funding bid to Homes England to further our aspirations of delivering quality housing.

“Our housing needs research tells us the housing mix that we need in Lincoln and this development is being built to ensure that we deliver high-quality housing at an affordable level to support the needs of the city.” 

Maria Clayton, Capital Projects Manager for the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Our main contractors Willmott Dixon will be carrying out the construction works which will also include the demolition of properties at 89 and 93 Rookery Lane to facilitate an entrance road to the new properties.

“The design of the new homes ensures that they will all meet the recommended space standards and have high energy efficiency levels. Parking will be built into the scheme, with the road acting as a shared space for cars and pedestrians in a bid to give equal priority to pedestrians cyclists while ensuring cars travel slowly.”

Michelle Cotterill, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We are excited to be starting work on this project to build a range of new council homes for the residents of Lincoln. Not only will the scheme provide much-needed quality housing for the local community, but it will also support our recently launched Now or Never’ sustainability strategy, delivering high energy efficiency levels throughout. We are delighted to be extending our long-standing relationship with the City Council, which has seen us deliver schemes such as the award-winning Lincoln Transport Hub, and look forward to working closely with all parties involved to deliver this scheme.’’

City of Lincoln Council will provide further updates as the scheme progresses. 
 

Published on August 6th 2021

Lincoln Gov