New rural homes for older residents officially opened

New rural homes for older residents officially opened

Left to right: Wiltshire Council officers Janet O’Brien, Andrew Mead and Sean Tye, Cllr Graham Wright, Cllr Richard Clewer residents Christine Phelps, Elizabeth Easton, Tony Moor and Wiltshire Council officer Tim Bruce

Four new bungalows designed to house older people in rural locations in Durrington are now occupied by residents.

Conservative-led Wiltshire Council own and run the bungalows which help residents remain within their local community, have a home that is energy efficient and cost effective to run, and have suitable accommodation to meet their needs as they become older.

The two-bedroom bungalows are modern, well designed, built to a high standard and able to be adapted.

The homes were officially opened by Richard Clewer Wiltshire Council Conservative cabinet member for housing on 4 June.

Cllr Clewer said:

We have invested in a major programme to create more than 150 affordable homes in Wiltshire which has already delivered a number of housing opportunities across the county. This development is an excellent example of meeting a need for older residents who want to stay in rural communities and have independence while having a home which will continue to meet their needs into the future.

Tony Moore moved into one of the bungalows with his partner Elizabeth Easton from a larger three-bedroom house just around the corner.

He said:

We were in a three-bedroom semi-detached and it was difficult to get up and down the stairs. This bungalow has been a godsend to us health wise.

Neighbour Christine Phelps, who had previously lived in a first floor flat nearby, said:

I used to have to go up steep stairs to my flat which was difficult. This bungalow is fantastic. I'm absolutely thrilled with it and the fact I feel fitter now is due to living in my new home.

The innovative scheme is on a former garage site and was developed by RJ McKelvey for Wiltshire Council.

It is part of Wiltshire Council's £30.5 million housing development programme, which will create 158 new affordable homes built in Wiltshire by 2020. The council is working with local communities to create, own and run the homes for families and older residents across the county.

These schemes will mean there will be approximately 5,470 affordable homes, which include shared ownership, affordable rent and social rent which are owned and managed by the council for young people, families and mature residents across the county. In total the county has more than 30,000 affordable homes.

by Hollis Butler,