First residents move in to UK’s largest bungalow development

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Jul 2018

THE first residents have moved in to what will be the largest bungalow development in the UK.

Pickering and Ferens Homes has announced the first residents have moved in to the new housing development  on the former David Lister school site.

The housing association, which caters its services towards people over the age of 55, has been working to address the national housing shortage by developing properties that are adapted to the needs of its 

The properties are opposite to the integrated care centre, which provides support to patients who have long-term health conditions and illnesses associated with older age. The development is due to be fully completed later this year.

Stephen Varley has recently moved into a new home on the development with his wife, Tracey.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have moved here. 

“Everyone who has walked in to our new home has fallen in love with it.

“The size of everything, such as the large windows which allow lots of light in, through to the larger doors, means that we now live in a home where everything is so accessible.

“The team have been brilliant and supportive since we have moved here. Just showing the house to others has encouraged our friends and relatives to consider moving to a new house here as well.”

Claire Warren, chief executive for Pickering and Ferens Homes, said: “We are proud to be doing our part to address a UK-wide issue through providing 82 affordable homes  that focus on the needs of older people.

“Our ethos has always consisted of providing high-quality housing that is adapted to our residents’ needs and helps to further enhance later life. 

“We give those who live in Newbridge Village access to our services, which aim to encourage independent living, maintain health and wellbeing and tackle loneliness and isolation.

“The Newbridge Village development highlights the great work Pickering and Ferens Homes is completing to make a difference in the Hull community.”

Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for housing, said: “With 82 homes, Newbridge Village is currently the largest bungalow development in the UK, and I think it is one of the most innovative and exciting developments to be built in the city. 

“The council was pleased to make the land available and support the grant funding, which has enabled the council and Pickering and Ferens Homes to continue our successful partnership.

“It is increasingly being recognised that good housing and good health are inextricably linked. Here we have quality, warm homes, which incorporate a range of environmentally friendly features designed to cut fuel bills and reduce pollution, including energy-efficient boilers, cavity, loft and under floor insulation, and low-energy lighting.

“The bungalows have been designed for multiple living styles, helping people live independently for as long as possible with an integrated health care on site and ambulance and fire stations nearby, with fire personnel specially trained in supporting the rehabilitation and recovery of patients following a hospital stay.

“As we continue to seek new models of care and support for independent lifestyles, Newbridge Village ticks all the all the boxes for helping improve community health and wellbeing.”

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