Lincolnshire Service personnel will soon be benefiting from a capital purchase programme put together by DIO, which is currently underway to purchase brand new homes in the local area.
A total of 142 brand new properties will be handed over to RAF Waddington and RAF Coningsby service families between now and March 2014.
The location and layout of these new homes will provide a significant improvement for the families as well as being a positive step towards dealing with the increased demand for Service Families Accommodation in the County. The ever changing shape of the UK’s Armed Forces has resulted in some unit establishments increasing in recent years, RAF Waddington being a perfect example. To meet the current housing demands, Substitute Service Families Accommodation has been used which can be difficult to source, particularly to the correct scale and standard. The capital purchase programme enables the MOD to purchase properties direct from the housing developer in areas of high demand thereby creating new Service Families Accommodation ‘patches’ which will hopefully in turn give the occupants a sense of belonging to the Service Community.
RAF Waddington Station Commander, Group Captain Al Gillespie said:
“Seeing the first of the families moving in is fantastic. Living accommodation remains an essential part of our commitment to looking after our Service personnel and their families and these new properties built within the heart of our local community will provide high quality Service Families Accommodation for many years to come”
The sites are a mix of three and four bedroom properties, with the majority having en-suite facilities. The kitchens and bathrooms are stylish and better suited to modern day living. The gardens are simply designed for minimal maintenance and all occupants will have either the use of a garage or designated parking for two vehicles.
The Lincolnshire Housing Manager for Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Debbie Hilton said:
“I am confident that these new homes will provide a significant improvement for service families posted into Lincolnshire”.
Priority for the allocation of these properties will be given to personnel posted in to either RAF Waddington or RAF Coningsby in the first instance followed by an aspiration to invite some of the families currently in substitute housing back into Service Families Accommodation at their duty Station subject to availability.