ELEVEN new homes have been built in a village near Sleaford.
They are the last of 46 new homes built by North Kesteven District Council in a pioneering response to meet local need.
The official opening of the 11 homes at Penny Lane, off Pound Road, in Martin, marks the fulfillment of three rounds of a £6.2m programme, which saw NKDC lead the way among local authorities in building a new generation of council housing.
Two flats and nine houses, offering two and three bedroom options, have been built on a former piece of rough ground with access gained by removing two older houses – providing nine homes through a £1.1m project which was jointly funded by the council and Government's Homes and Communities Agency.
Opening the development, council leader Marion Brighton said the design and quality of building by local contractors Langwith was 'absolutely first class'.
She added: "Given the quality of the building, the spacious accommodation and opportunity to conserve energy and save money, I am sure that those families fortunate enough to be allocated these properties will consider themselves very lucky indeed.
"We are very proud of them and I am pleased to hear that the neighbours who were closely engaged in the project are pleased with the finished result too.
"The £550,000 we were awarded to half-fund this scheme was the very last amount we were able to secure from the Homes and Communities Agency, and we consider ourselves very lucky. Since then we have gone on to begin work on a further five homes funded entirely by ourselves and we remain committed to continuing to improve and expand our stock of quality, affordable and comfortable homes for those in need."
Kelly Howesman and her daughters Ellie-May and Sara-Anne are among the new tenants set to move in over the coming weeks.
The family said their new home had enabled them to stay in Martin, but move closer to their school, shops and family – with Kelly's mum and sister already living in Pound Road and another sister set to move in three doors down.
She said: "We've been at West Grove for two-and-a-half years and before that at Timberland so it's going to be much easier for us. Because we were hoping to get back into the village eventually, we were over the moon to get one of these new houses. They're really nice and I think we'll be really happy here."
Her mum Sue is the village's tenant representative and said that with the new houses meeting the immediate need of at least four people wanting to stay in the village, the council had done well to satisfy local demand whilst expanding opportunities for people in need of affordable housing.
She added: "I think they're brilliant. We've had no trouble at all during the building and I think we're all looking forward to welcoming the new people into Pound Road and Penny Lane."