Date published: 21 March 2019
West Lindsey is predicted to see a major increase in the number of residents aged 65 and over living in the district between now and 2030.
Latest figures indicate there will be a 28% increase in the age group compared to an overall population increase of 8%.
In an attempt to respond to the increasing demand and need, a number of new properties for sale, rent and shared ownership, built for those aged over 55 are currently under construction in the district. They will be completed over the coming months.
Di Krochmal, Strategic Housing Manager for West Lindsey District Council, said: “As a nation we are all living longer and our ageing population in West Lindsey makes up a growing part of our housing market.
“Some people may not wish to own their own home or cannot afford to do so whilst others may wish to downsize and purchase a more ‘age friendly’ home. Whatever the individual circumstances, we recognise that appropriate safe, secure and affordable housing has a positive impact on both physical and mental health.
“The council is committed to working with partners to make sure there is a range of accommodation to suit the age group. We recognise that access to such housing is the foundation upon which people can achieve a positive quality of life. A suitable home can also ensure that people are able to live independently and safely.”
There are a number of developments which are near completion across the district at the following locations: Saxilby, Ingham, Nettleham and Gainsborough.
In Saxilby, Acis are building a range of bungalows and apartments specifically for this age group. These homes are a mix of 1 and 2 bedrooms and are available to either purchase outright, rent at an affordable rent level (no more than 80% of the local market rent) or purchase a share of through a shared ownership scheme. These properties are beginning to come available now and the scheme will be fully complete by the end of 2019.
Greg Bacon, Chief Executive at Acis said: “We are proud to be delivering new homes in Saxilby and other areas because that is what being a housing provider is all about.
“We have a range of different customers and providing new homes for the over 55s is another step in making sure we are providing homes for all demographics and needs.”
LACE Housing specialises in the provision of housing and support services for older and vulnerable people. They currently have 2 schemes within West Lindsey being developed and due for completion in 2019.
In Ingham the organisation is delivering 6 one-bedroom and 6 two-bedroom self-contained apartments, all to rent and available only to over 55s. The development, known as Wellington View, also hosts communal facilities including mobility scooter storage, furnished communal seating areas and outdoor seating within fully maintained gardens. The development is currently being allocated.
In Nettleham, LACE Housing is delivering a scheme of 22 two-bedroom apartments for rent and 14 shared ownership bungalows for over 55s. All residents will have access to the same communal facilities as the scheme in Ingham, plus a fully furnished lounge and kitchen.
In Gainsborough, Ongo are delivering a range of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in a development on North Marsh Road in the town. Aimed at those aged over 55 the self-contained apartments will all be available to rent and include a communal lounge area for residents.
Pete Stones, Director of Property at Ongo said: “It’s great to be working in partnership with West Lindsey District Council on this project that will provide much needed homes for older people in the area.
“Together, we’ve recognised the need to build homes for this age group living in West Lindsey, and we’re confident they will be high quality, fantastic places to live.”
The homes for affordable rent are available to households whose needs cannot be met by the housing market. These properties will be let through the Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme called West Lindsey Home Choice. Properties are advertised through this scheme as they are nearing completion.
Rachel Parkin, Home Choices Team Manager at West Lindsey District Council explained that in order for people to be able to bid for or express an interest in properties, they need to be registered with the council.
She said: “We would urge people to contact the Home Choices Team through the West Lindsey Home Choice website. The team will assess applications and decide whether people are eligible for social housing and give a priority banding. Individuals will be given a username and password to enable them to log onto the system.
“Properties are advertised on weekly bidding cycles and which start on Tuesday night at midnight and close the following Monday night at midnight. It is up to the applicant to check the listings regularly to look for a home to meet their needs.”
How the scheme works:
When you find a suitable home you can make a ‘bid’ or express an interest through the website or sometimes on the phone.
When the advert closes the bids are shortlisted and checked.
Each property is usually offered to the bidder with the highest banding and therefore assessed as being in the greatest housing need.
There are instances however, where properties have a local connection criteria and priority is given to people with a local connection to the location of the property. This is detailed in the advert.
If your bid is successful you will be contacted by the housing association who owns the property who will set up an interview. If it goes well they will offer you the property and arrange for you to view it.
To register and see details of properties available visit West Lindsey Home Choice
Details of properties for outright purchase or shared ownership can be found at: