Lincoln’s Markham House and Rookery Lane on the list for next phase of new build housing project

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Proposals for two new council housing developments in Lincoln are being put forward to City of Lincoln Council’s Executive Committee next Wednesday (August 28).

The development plots under consideration are Markham House on Swift Gardens, which is owned by the council and is currently vacant, and a council-owned plot of land on Rookery Lane in the south of the city.

It is proposed by City of Lincoln Council that Markham House is demolished to bring five two-bedroom, four person family homes to the city with a completion year of 2020/21.

Rookery Lane is a large-scale project also proposed by the council to deliver around 44 new homes by 2020/21. The council is seeking Executive approval to advance plans for this scheme.

The types of homes on offer at Rookery Lane are subject to further input from the council’s planning and housing teams and a public consultation exercise, but are expected to be put forward to the Executive Committee by the end of the year.

Earlier this year, the council’s Executive approved plans to transform the former De Wint Court site into an Extra Care facility, comprising of 70 self-contained flats and other amenities.

Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council, said: “I look forward to sharing this exciting proposal with my colleagues in the Executive Committee as we gear up for the next phase of the city council’s new build rollout.”

“Demand for housing is increasing, particularly for family accommodation, so keeping on top of that demand for our residents is an absolute priority.

“Since 2017, we have enabled the delivery of 285 affordable homes, and including the proposed developments at Markham House and Rookery Lane, we are looking at enabling a further 131 affordable new homes in 2020-21 and 141 in 2021-22.

“If these plans are approved by the Executive, it will enable us to build more thriving communities in Lincoln, consisting of homes that meet the varied needs of our residents in popular residential areas.”