£360k grant sees work begin on new Lincoln social housing development

A Lincoln-based youth homelessness charity LEAP are about to increase its housing stock.

Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, has awarded £360,000 to LEAP towards the cost of building 9 new flats in the city of Lincoln.

With support from the City of Lincoln Council this project becomes a reality this month as work on-site commences.

Located on a former City Council garage site on Gaunt Street, the new accommodation will provide much needed move on accommodation for young people previously living within LEAP’s supported housing provision.

The scheme will help free up beds in their core accommodation services allowing more homeless young people to access safe and secure accommodation when it is needed. The new flats will be independent one and two bed flats for those that are ready for more independence.

Heidi Walton, Chief Executive at LEAP said: “The need for more move-on accommodation from our services has been evident for many years now.

“We experience “bed blocking” in our services due to a lack of suitable and affordable housing provision. This new facility will free up much needed bedspaces for vulnerable young people whilst increasing housing stock for those ready for the next step.”

Locating the facility close to the city centre means that access to shops, services, college and employment are all within walking distance negating the need for transport and reducing our carbon footprint.

The grant was received through the Blue Skies Consortium, a group of housing associations led by Longhurst Group and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), who are strategic partners of Homes England. The two providers are joint owners of Pitch Development Services, which will be project managing the scheme on behalf of LEAP. Lindum Group BMS has been awarded the build contract.

Lindum Contract Manager Shaun Cass said: “The first part of the work involved demolishing 20 old council garages and the construction work is expected to take until September next year.

“Due to the residential location, the site is extremely tight and we are having to manage our deliveries carefully. Our site compound is further up the road and, once we are finished there, we will be building nine new pre-fabricated garages, which will be given to the council for use by its tenants.

Lindum’s relationship with LEAP goes back more than ten years, when the two organisations worked together to transform Lincoln’s Homer House into the charity’s headquarters. “It is great to be working with LEAP again,” added Shaun. “It is a fantastic organisation which provides a valuable service to young, vulnerable, local people.”