North Kesteven District Council has approved planning permission for 18 homes to be built in Bassingham.

Housing provider Longhurst Group has been working with local construction company Lindum Group to bring much needed affordable housing in the village.

Planning has been granted after an earlier application for 23 houses was refused by planning officers. The new scheme has been revised to reduce the number of homes and move the proposed site.

The new proposal is to provide 18 units of timber frame construction in scale with the surrounding area; the units boast internal and external spaces of high quality for future residents of the scheme.

Lindum Land and Planning Manager Robert Jays said: “We are thrilled to finally be getting this project off the ground, bringing much needed affordable housing to the village.

“The planning approval is a huge reward for all the hard work that has gone into creating a development that will benefit the village and help provide opportunities for people in housing need.”

The development includes a mix of 10 affordable rent and eight shared ownership dwellings. These will include one and two bed bungalows, as well as two and three bed semi-detached houses. Each dwelling will have its own individual garden space and appropriate private parking provision in what will be a high quality housing development.

Marcus Keys, Executive Director of Growth, Development and Assets at Longhurst Group, said: “This development will provide much-needed affordable housing to the area, so we’re delighted to have received approval from the planning committee at the second attempt.

“As per our Improving Lives vision, we’re committed to providing the homes people want, where they’re needed most and we believe this development will help us to continue to do just that as do the local community who supported the development from the start.

“The homes will also be made available on multiple tenures, so we’ll be creating opportunities for local people who wish to get onto the property ladder.

“I’m grateful to our partners at Lindum Group, who we’ve worked closely with to re-design these plans, following comments received on the original application and I look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship as the development takes shape.”

Work is due to start on the development in early summer.