Care home makes way for new housing
THE diggers have moved on to the site of a former care home in Sleaford as work on a new social housing scheme gets under way.
Demolition work at the former Bonner House has begun with contractors Lindum BMS carefully removing asbestos from the site before a wrecking ball arrives next week.
Ground works for the new scheme, which will provide accommodation for all ages and needs, are set to start later this autumn.
North Kesteven District Council is building 26 new houses on the Mareham Lane site in one of the first phases of a £46-millino programme to deliver at least 300 new social housing units over the next decade.
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Executive member for housing, Councillor Stewart Ogden, said it is a pleasure to be able to build council homes to satisfy local demand and achieve a positive rebalance in terms of accommodating those in need.
He said: "By realising the potential of this central site we also hope to make a further positive contribution to the broader regeneration of Sleaford and make the most of such an ideal, sustainable location with such good level access for transport and shopping."
There will be 13 two-bed houses, seven two-bed bungalows and six one-bed flats. All bungalows and ground floor flats will be equipped to be fully-accessible and promoted for tenants who are aged over 60 or have specific medical need.
With parking for 30 cars and landscaping, the site has been designed to enhance the street scene and historic environment, with influence from Bass Cottages opposite and a curved entrance to retain a mature cedar.
Bonner House was one of eight care homes run by Lincolnshire County Council for the elderly which was closed during 2012.
The authority said it was outdated and expensive and clients would be better served through alternative care options in other homes locally.