Esh begins work on £12m extra care housing in Lincoln

The 70 new apartments will replace sheltered housing accommodation at De Wint Court.

A ground-breaking ceremony on Bowden Drive on 16th January marked the beginning of multi-million pound project between the City of Lincoln Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

The existing sheltered housing scheme on the site, which stands empty, will be demolished to make way for the new 70 apartment facility. The homes will be aimed at the over 55s, with 50 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments being built.

There will also be on-site care staff and facilities such as a restaurant, Wellbeing Suite, and hairdressing salon. Construction is due to be completed in the latter-half of 2021.

City of Lincoln Council’s portfolio holder for Quality Housing Councillor Donald Nannestad said the plans to redevelop De Wint Court will play a vital part in the authority’s commitment to provide quality homes at affordable rents, including developments with care. He said: “There is a national shortfall of Housing with Care but this development will play a major part in helping us to meet this growing need.

“Official figures show that in Central Lincolnshire 4.2% of people aged 65 and over are living in communal establishments while the figure for Lincoln is 5.7%, which is substantially higher than the national figure of 3.7%.”

This will be a vital extra facility with the forecast increase of older aged people and vulnerable adults in the county, providing accommodation for older people who want to remain self-sufficient but also have the option of on-site care."

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for adult care at Lincolnshire County Council