Plans for 64 new affordable homes on the edge of Sleaford have been submitted to North Kesteven District Council.

Construction company Lindum Group and housing provider Longhurst Group are seeking permission to build the houses, which would sit in the wider Handley Chase development.

Thirty of the homes would be offered for sale on a shared ownership basis while 34 would be available for affordable rent. It would include a mix of two, three and four-bedroomed properties.

The application site forms part of the ongoing Handley Chase development, which was approved in July 2015. The wider scheme involves creating a Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) to Sleaford including 1,450 houses, a new school and commercial space.

The SEU site extends to around 60ha and occupies a broadly triangular land parcel on the southern edge of Sleaford. The proposed new site is a smaller parcel located in the northern most corner of the wider site.

Lindum development manager Mitul Shah said: “This scheme will be 100 per cent affordable, which clearly supports national and local planning targets to deliver much-needed housing.

“The homes are designed to a high standard which will complement the overall design of the wider SUE.

“There are currently a high number of people on the North Kesteven District Council waiting list requiring accommodation within the Sleaford area. These are people already residing in the town, or who have a local connection with the area. If approved, it will make a significant contribution to Affordable Housing in Sleaford and the wider District.”

Marcus Keys, Longhurst Group’s Executive Director of Growth and Development, added: “There is a clear need for more affordable housing in Sleaford and the wider area and so we’re delighted to see plans submitted for this development, which, if approved, would further increase our provision in the district.

“This scheme, which is 100-percent affordable, underlines our absolute commitment to providing the homes that are needed, where they are needed most.”