As the Building a Better Nottingham programme continues to transform Lenton, Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and Nottingham City Council (NCC) get ready to unveil the next phase of new homes.
The latest phase which sits just off Derby Road in the footprint of the former tower blocks, includes 16 bungalows, built to provide much needed, single level properties for local people. The first six bungalows to be completed are located on the newly named Godfrey Lane. Funding for the bungalows is being supported by the Homes and Communities Agency. In addition 62 houses, owned by Nottingham City Homes, are also under construction and due for completion later this year.
All homes have been designed to have high standards of energy efficiency, secured access and flexibility to accommodate the additional and changing mobility needs of residents. Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “We are creating homes and places where people want to live, in particular on this development the mix of homes has been carefully planned in consultation with the local community to provide accommodation that suits the needs of people in the city.”
The first tenants are due to move into the new bungalows over the next week and include Mr and Mrs Rutter who currently live in Broxtowe. Their current home is no longer suitable for their needs, due to Mr Rutter suffering from a stroke. He is unable to get up and down the stairs and requires level access accommodation. Mr and Mrs Rutter have already picked up their keys and are due to move in the next couple of days.
Mrs Rutter comments: “I was a bit overwhelmed to be honest when we picked up the keys. The bungalow will make life so much easier for us both, our current home is just too much for us to manage now and the stairs aren’t easy for my husband. We can’t wait to be in and start making the bungalow our own.”
Councillor Alex Ball, Executive Assistant for housing and regeneration has been watching the scheme as it’s progressed. He added: “As we get older our housing needs change, it’s important that we make sure that anyone in that situation has a range of options to choose from.
“These bungalows are meeting a local need for single level living and will provide local people with homes that really suit their needs and can be adapted to suit them as those needs change.”
Mark Hanks, Contracts Manager for Keepmoat, said: “It’s great to be able to celebrate the opening of the Lenton bungalows with our partners and its new residents. The bungalows have been built with tenants changing mobility needs in mind, and we have made energy efficiency a priority in order to keep the cost of bills down.
“We are extremely proud of the completed bungalows, and we hope the new residents will enjoy living in them.”