Skegness

Work begins on £2m housing development for retired people in Skegness

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Building work has begun in Skegness on a new £2 million affordable housing development aimed at retired people.

A turf-cutting ceremony this week marked the start of construction work on the housing scheme at 41 Scarbrough Avenue, which is set to open in July 2017.

The scheme is being developed by Lincoln-based LACE Housing and will comprise of 17 affordable retirement apartments and a holiday home for older people with support needs.

Situated close to the seafront and town centre, the scheme will provide communal facilities and design features that support independent living.

Construction work is being carried out by Lindum Construction and is going ahead with the help of funding from East Lindsey District Council, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Herbert William Sollitt Memorial Trust.

The new housing replaces the former Sea Breezes Residential Care Home, which had been derelict for two years.

Nick Chambers, Chief Executive of LACE Housing, said: “This is our first new scheme in Skegness for some time and we’re delighted to be investing in affordable housing in the town once again.

“In building this new complex we are responding to the growing needs of an ageing population and underpinning economic prosperity in the town.”

East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor Wendy Bowkett, said: “The council is delighted to support LACE Housing in redeveloping the derelict building to provide much needed accommodation for older people.”

Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, commented: “This scheme is a good example of how agencies are working together to support local development which will contribute to the delivery of both jobs and homes and improve quality of life for future residents.”