Competition to name new housing scheme

Coun Christine Lawton with Gary Turner of Westleigh Homes, Maurice Chappell, John Mather of Lincs Community Land Trust and John Howes of Lincs Rural Housing Association at the opening of a new housing estate in Pinchbeck.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Coun Christine Lawton with Gary Turner of Westleigh Homes, Maurice Chappell, John Mather of Lincs Community Land Trust and John Howes of Lincs Rural Housing Association at the opening of a new housing estate in Pinchbeck. Photo by Tim Wilson.

More than 140 new homes are to be provided for people looking to get on the property ladder as part of a £15.2 million scheme for South Holland.

Described as a “ground-breaking new era for housing” in the area, South Holland District Council is to set up a new company to help solve the problem of housing shortages for a growing population.

As an incentive to win public support for the scheme, the district council is inviting schools and Free Press readers to name the company after its formation was given the go-ahead at a council meeting on Wednesday.

Coun Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for housing, said: “We are acting now as the population of South Holland grows so we are in position to meet rising demand for good quality homes, whilst continuing to provide services that our residents rely on.

“This is about providing much-needed homes for our younger population and families, so we’re putting some of our own money into this project because we have faith in it.”

The first phase of the scheme will see 142 new homes built over the next two years of which 40 will be affordable properties and nearly 19 for rent, generating income for council services such as waste and recycling collections, play areas and sports centres.

Coun Lawton added: “Through this new company, we will be able to increase the amount of affordable homes in South Holland and, in consequence, do even more for younger people in the district.”

If you have a suggestion for the name of the new housing company, send it to spalding editor@jpress.co.uk