Exciting ‘affordable’ homes boost for Horncastle

Guests at the launch of the new homes in Horncastle
Guests at the launch of the new homes in Horncastle

The initial phase of an exciting new affordable housing development in Horncastle by Waterloo Housing Group is almost complete and one of the first local residents set to move in has been given the chance to see his new home.

The £12 million development at N’dola Drive and Churchill Avenue is being built in partnership with East Lindsey District Council and with support from Horncastle Town Council.

It is providing 106 energy-efficient new homes for rent and to part buy and part-rent through shared ownership, and includes replacing 36 outdated flats and maisonettes.

The new housing has attracted government grant support of £2.09 million from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The new rented homes are being let to local people through Homes Direct, the online choice-based lettings service run by Waterloo in partnership with the District Council.

Darren Seymour is one of 12 residents being rehoused from the existing flats into a brand new property at the end of this month.

The new development offers him the chance to move into more suitable accommodation without leaving his local community.

“To have the chance to move into an affordable new home on my doorstep is a dream come true,” he said.

“I’m moving into a one-bedroom bungalow which is perfect for me and I can’t wait to move in!”

Councillors and officers from East Lindsey District Council and Horncastle Town Council also took the opportunity to see the new homes, and view the progress of the site.

The District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Built Environment, Councillor William Gray, said: “This much-needed affordable housing will be a welcome addition to Horncastle.

“It will enable local people to remain living and working in the area where they grew up and close to family and friends which is very important.”

Building contractor Geda will complete 64 of the new homes in phases by late spring 2015 and the remaining 42 homes are due to follow by early 2016.

Local people looking for affordable rented housing in the area are urged to register on Homes Direct at www.homesdirect.org.uk as soon as possible so they will be able to apply when the next phase of homes are advertised between 11-15 March 2015.

Preference will be given to people with a local connection to the area.

There are also opportunities to buy houses and bungalows through shared ownership with Waterloo Homes, with prices from £33,000 for a 30% share.

Visit www.waterloohomes.org.uk to find out more.