A housing programme funded by East Lindsey District Council, Waterloo Housing Group and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has seen the number of affordable homes in the district rise over the past 10 years.
Ten years ago East Lindsey’s affordable housing stock was 6,200. In the last decade this figure has jumped to 6,810 – 567 thanks to the Housing Capital Programme (HCP). Another 337 homes are set to be completed by 2018 with 220 already under construction.
So far ELDC has contributed £6.9m, the HCA £20.2m and LCC £650,000 – a total of £27,875,653. Building the homes has created 335 jobs in the local construction industry – with a further 55 expected to be created until 2018.
There are currently 3,170 households on the waiting list for affordable housing with demand continuing to outweigh the number of homes available.
Portfolio holder for built environment, Coun William Gray said: “Affordable housing is an issue that affects many people who are desperately trying to remain living in the area that they grew up amid rising house prices and the cost of living.
“I am glad that through the HCP we are able to invest in this area and provide more affordable housing so that families can remain living in the district. Building these homes also provides a welcome boost to our local economy and has helped to create hundreds of jobs for local tradespeople.”
As well as affordable housing, the HCP has also provided specialist units for people with physical and learning disabilities, a domestic violence refuge, a 40 unit extra care scheme and improved allotments near some of the new homes.