Work starts on first new Lincoln council homes in 20 years

Work has started on the first new council houses in Lincoln for 20 years, city council officials said.

The city has "an acute housing need" with about 3,000 people on its council house waiting list, a City of Lincoln Council spokesman said.

Planning permission for the five three-storey, three-bedroom town houses was granted in October.

Building firm Lindum is carrying out the construction work on the homes which will be finished by Christmas.

'Desperate situation'

The Labour-controlled council has also agreed to pay £24m to the government to take control of the council housing stock in the city.

Changes to the financing of local authority housing have allowed the city to take over the £24m debt by borrowing the money from the Public Works Loan Board.

Rent setting will still fall under national guidelines.

City council leader Ric Metcalfe said: "Whilst this development is relatively small, but in buying our independence we hope we can continue on a programme of building more council homes.

"We are trying to address the acute housing need in the city and we have 3,000 people on our waiting list and lots of other people looking for affordable rental accommodation - it is a desperate situation in Lincoln."

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