Flexible Bungalows Bend the Mould for Older People’s Housing

Published 5 August 2014

WDH has created its first ‘flexible bungalows’ to help meet the changing accommodation needs of older and vulnerable people.

The first six flexible bungalows have been completed at WDH's latest new build site of 67 properties off Westfield Lane, South Elmsall.

The concept was developed by WDH in partnership with NPS and built by Saul Homes. Flexible bungalows are two-bedroom dormer bungalows with bedrooms on both floors, shower facilities on the first floor and a bathroom on the ground floor.

They are built as ‘lifetime homes’ so tenants can continue to live comfortably in them throughout their lives even if they are no longer able to use the stairs. The upstairs bedroom can also then be used by carers who may need to sleep at the property when supporting the tenant.

The properties have been allocated for rent using WDH’s Homesearch scheme, and the first tenants have already moved in. WDH now plans to build more flexible bungalows at future developments across the district, including the next site at Hawthorn Court in Crofton.

The properties are built to level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes Index, with energy-efficient qualities including high-specification insulation and triple glazing.

Kevin Dodd, WDH Chief Executive, said: “The care agenda is changing, with more and more older and vulnerable people choosing to live in their own homes for as long as possible. Landlords and developers must adapt to this.

“I am extremely proud of our flexible bungalows because they offer people the independence and support they need to live in their homes. The build is of an extremely high quality, and I consider these properties to be one of our best developments so far.”






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