North Kesteven council house project expanded

Council home in Wellingore
Image caption The council said the houses were built to high environmental standards in areas of social need

A project to build council homes in part of Lincolnshire is to be expanded by almost a third after more funding was secured.

North Kesteven District Council has already begun work on 35 properties, including two made with straw, to help with its 1,400-strong waiting list.

Now it has matched £550,000 of new government cash to plan another 11 two and three-bedroom homes.

Construction is due to start shortly at Pound Road in Martin.

The 46 properties are the first council houses to be built in the area for 20 years.

Councillor Stewart Ogden, executive board member with responsibility for housing, said: "Given the positive remarks we've had from all of the tenants moving into the first homes we've built in this way, and which are built to very high sustainable standards, reassures us that we were right to make provision of affordable, accessible and attractive homes in areas of greatest need a priority".

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