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
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