Date Published: 24 March 2021
Almost £4 million could be invested in the regeneration of a former sheltered housing scheme in North Hykeham in proposals put forward by North Kesteven District Council.
A detailed planning application has now been submitted for the Council-owned development.
Grinter Close is a collection of 12 one-bedroom flats arranged in blocks of four which was built in 1965. Under the plans put forward, these flats and an adjoining detached bungalow on Chapel Lane would be demolished and replaced with eighteen new homes including two-bedroom flats, two-bedroom bungalows, two and three-bedroom homes and a four-bedroom house.
Grinter House, in Grinter Close, is a building made up of 14 one-bedroom flats for the elderly but also has suffered from low occupancy. It was built in 1965 too, and was last refurbished in the 1990s. The proposals would see Grinter House remodelled to create sixteen affordable flats for general use, each with their own entrance and increased floor space, along with some additional office space for occasional use by Council Officers.
If approved, work would start in early 2022 following a tender process and be expected to complete in early 2023. The properties would benefit from higher energy-saving standards, such as more efficient boilers and insulation, and some may even include features such as sun pipes to make best use of natural light.
Deputy Chief Executive of North Kesteven District Council Phil Roberts said: “After careful consideration and work we’ve now submitted our proposals to regenerate Grinter House and create new, high-quality housing in place of the flats at Grinter Close and the existing bungalow on Chapel Lane.
“If approved it would increase the number of Council properties available there from 27 to 34, and more importantly, they would better meet demand for homes which suit a range of different requirements.”
Each bungalow and house would be provided with two off-street parking spaces, and each flat provided with one space. Access to the site would be along a newly configured access road.
The scope and extent of the redevelopment requires the 21 mostly one-person households in the buildings to relocate. These moves have been taking place on an individual basis, once a favourable property elsewhere is found and suitable timescales agreed.
So far 16 moves have taken place over six months with details agreed with each individual household and, while house moves are permitted during lockdown, taking Coronavirus considerations into account in each case. Households are supported with a home loss payment as compensation and moving costs are covered, along with in-depth help and assistance from the Council’s Neighbourhood Services team in securing a suitable property as their next home and throughout the moving process.
“I’d like to sincerely thank these households for their open-mindedness, from when we first discussed our draft proposal in November 2019 and throughout the process since then,” Phil Roberts added.
“I wish all those who have moved on the happiest of futures in their new homes and thank them for playing a crucial role in making the regeneration of this area possible.”