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Minster plans pioneering lifetime homes project

A pioneering project to build houses that can be adapted to the changing needs of their residents is being planned by Peterborough-based Minster General Housing Association after receiving financial support from the Housing Corporation.

The Joseph Rowntree Trust has developed the ‘lifetime homes’ concept with the accent on accessibility and design features that make the home flexible, providing high quality housing for people who have, or may develop, physical disabilities. The design enables changes to be made to the internal layout of the houses so that people can continue to live in the property rather than having to move to specialist accommodation.

“This is an exciting initiative that will bring genuine benefits to families with particular needs,” said Tim Hawkes, chief executive of Minster General Housing Association. “We believe this is the first project of its kind in the Peterborough area.”

Minster is hoping to obtain planning permission to build four lifetime homes adjacent to its Sutton Court sheltered housing scheme at Skaters Way, Werrington, and will be discussing its plans with Werrington Neighbourhood Council. If the project proceeds on schedule work could commence on site in October with the houses ready for their first residents by May next year.

Tenants will be nominated by Peterborough City Council, which supported Minster’s bid for a Housing Corporation grant of £129,000 towards the total construction cost estimated at £242,000.

The four-bedroom properties will be suitable for families of up to six people and will have full facilities for wheelchair access, including off-street parking constructed to standards suitable for disabled people. It is also proposed to link the houses to an emergency call-out service.

The architects are Peterborough Design Group and the quantity surveyors are Davis Langdon and Everest.

After originally being founded as Minster Cost Rent Housing Society in 1968 to develop self-managed co-ownership housing, Minister General Housing Association was incorporated in 1976 and is now one of the region’s leading registered social landlords. It provides a wide range of low-cost rented accommodation in an area that encompasses Peterborough, Northampton, King’s Lynn, Stamford and Lincoln.

April 2001




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