Southdale, the Halifax-based affordable housing specialist, has completed a £670,000 project to build new homes for people with limited mobility in Doncaster.
The five properties in Wells Road, Wheatley, have been built for Jephson Homes Housing Solutions for residents nominated by Doncaster Council who have now moved into their new homes.
They include a three bed bungalow adapted with an additional bedroom at the request of Doncaster Council’s occupational therapy department.
The remaining four bungalows are two bed, three person properties and all of the homes are being made available at social rents. These bungalows are designed as “lifetime homes”, which means they are easily adaptable to residents’ future needs.
Funding for the development has included a social housing grant of £255,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and a £75,000 local authority grant from Doncaster Council.
Work on site started last year, following the demolition of semi-detached local authority houses which became unviable due to excessive ongoing maintenance costs.
The homes meet building for life standards and Code Level 4, with the installation of photo voltaic solar cells on the roofs to heat hot water and reduce utility costs for residents.
Doncaster Council has 100% nomination rights, through the occupational therapy department.
Trudie McCormick, regional director at Southdale, said: “We’re delighted to have worked with Jephson in delivering these much needed bungalows at Wells Road. These new homes will provide a higher quality of life for residents who will benefit from additional features including solar roof panels, spacious rooms with built-in storage and large back gardens, promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”
Stuart Shore, Jephson’s Northern Regional Director, said: “Jephson is delighted to have developed these bungalows which have been made possible by the support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Doncaster Council. Doncaster Council worked very proactively to help make this happen and sold the land at a discounted value.
“The homes, built by national building firm Southdale, incorporate energy saving features which will reduce the running costs for residents.”