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Minster starts pioneering lifetime homes project


Work has begun on a pioneering project to build houses that can be adapted to the changing needs of people who have, or may develop, physical disabilities.

Peter Sidebottom, chairman of Peterborough-based Minster General Housing Association, and Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for housing at Peterborough City Council, performed a ground-breaking ceremony to signify the start of construction on four four-bedroom ‘lifetime homes’ at Skaters Way, Werrington, Peterborough.

The Joseph Rowntree Trust developed the ‘lifetime homes’ concept so that people with progressive disabilities can continue to live in the property rather than having to move to specialist accommodation. The design incorporates improved accessibility and other features that enable changes to be made to the internal layout of the houses, providing flexible, high quality accommodation.

“This exciting initiative - the first of its kind in Peterborough - will bring genuine benefits to families with particular needs,” said Councillor Holdich. “We are delighted to be involved in this project with Minster.”

Tenants for the homes will be nominated by Peterborough City Council which supported Minster’s bid for a Housing Corporation grant of £106,000 towards the total construction costs of £260,000.

The houses 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. The first tenants will be selected early in the New Year and details of the interior layout will be designed to meet their specific needs.

“These new houses will add another dimension to Minster’s portfolio of homes for a wide variety of people,” said Peter Sidebottom. “They will help to keep families together which might otherwise be separated because of the individual needs of one of the family members.”

December 2001

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