The new homes at Old Quarry Close in Metheringham have been delivered by Lafford Homes, the housing company wholly owned by North Kesteven District Council.
Seven three-bed homes, 10 two-bed homes, a two-bed bungalow and two one-bed flats make up the development.
Five of the homes are affordable while the rest are at market level rent, and almost £3 million of investment has been used to bring them all forward.
The land was formerly the Council’s Waste and Street Scene depot, used as an office base for its waste and recycling teams including parking for refuse lorries until operations moved in 2018 to the Council’s purpose-built depot in Metheringham. The old offices and parking area were demolished so work could begin to build the homes in early May last year.
Each home is finished to a superb standard including a sleek and modern kitchen, airy rooms which maximise natural light and ample storage. The market level rent homes all benefit from built-in kitchen appliances. Meanwhile, the attention to detail across the homes extends through to digital thermostats, ready-installed coat hooks and curtain rails and painted walls to help each home feel welcoming from the get-go.
Lafford Homes is a fresh approach towards meeting local housing demands and operates through its own board of directors. It seeks to raise the bar as an exemplar landlord.
Director Phil Roberts said:
“Lafford Homes aims to bring more housing choice to North Kesteven by delivering high quality homes in the places that need them, and doing so at market level rent and with the inclusion of affordable homes where we can deliver these too.
“With these much-needed homes in Metheringham now complete and with the majority of them let, they are already proving to help meet demand.
“It’s the latest scheme undertaken so far by Lafford Homes, which unlocked more housing choice in Waddington last year and previously also in North Hykeham, Thorpe on the Hill and through the provision of individual homes across other communities. We’ll continue to do so, to help ensure people in North Kesteven have the homes they need and deserve.”
The homes in Metheringham were built by Lindum Group as contractor, with the build programme spanning around 54 weeks in total.
Lindum Group Managing Director Edward Chambers said:
“It's been great to work with the Lafford Homes team, which is part of North Kesteven District Council and both important repeat clients for Lindum.
“The housing development sits on the site of the former waste and recycling depot, which we helped re-locate to the east side of Metheringham, before working to decommission the old site and bring it forward for Lafford Homes as housing.
“The site wasn't without challenges, with existing deep drainage to consider and a bit of a slope too, but our team designed around these. We had many of our own directly employed tradespeople on the job, including joiners and decorators, who took that extra care to ensure a great finish. Lafford has seen the market rent houses fill up incredibly fast, with almost all of the units let within two weeks, showing the attractiveness of the Lafford offering and the build quality too."
The number of properties currently in the Lafford Homes portfolio stands at 135 and includes the completion of its recent development of 42 homes in Waddington and these new homes in Metheringham.
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