Planning permission has been granted for a dozen new wheelchair accessible bungalows to be built in Bishop Auckland.
The 12 new two-bed bungalows are set to be constructed on vacant land at Howard Close, in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland. All of the new homes are being built by believe housing for affordable rent.
The bungalows are being constructed from the outset with features that make them well-suited to the needs of wheelchair users. They will include purpose built wet rooms, level access throughout and extra wide doorways.
Permission for the development has been granted by Durham County Council, subject to a section 106 agreement. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018 with the first families expected to move in by early 2019.
Featuring high levels of insulation, the latest heating systems and double glazing, the new homes are expected to bring big savings to tenants when compared with older homes; particularly those in the private rented sector.
The Howard Close project is the latest part of a £30m investment in new homes across the region by believe housing. The programme will see around 300 new homes built and is expected to create 100 new jobs and apprenticeships.
believe housing Head of Development and Commercial Property, Kate Abson, said: “These new homes have been conceived specifically to meet the needs of the Woodhouse Close area. Demand for bungalows in the area is high. These homes are being constructed to a high standard with a number of features that will make them ideally suited to the needs of wheelchair users too.
“As one of the region’s biggest social landlords, it’s great to be able to provide homes like these, that the private sector would struggle to deliver.”