New bungalows make a difference to people's lives
NEW BUNGALOWS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE’S LIVES
A Housing Hartlepool development, where £1m has been invested on building bungalows, is transforming the lives of residents.
The nine properties in Laureate Close, Hartlepool, have been officially opened by Anne Mulroy, from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which contributed a grant of £477,000 to the scheme.
Harry Moon, who has mobility problems, was the first person to move into Laureate Close. He previously lived in a house with a large garden.
The 75-year-old retired shipyard riveter, said: “I love living here. It is roomy and warm and I have no problem getting around my new home with everything being on the same level.
“The stairs in my previous home were a problem and I was not able to care for the large garden. This bungalow is perfect for me and I settled in straight away.”
Anne Mulroy, Head of Area for the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “These striking new homes have transformed an area of land that was derelict for over 20 years.
“With distinctive rooflines and decorative wrought iron railings, Laureate Close will give the whole area a lift.
“Our role is to help housing providers like Housing Hartlepool to make things happen in local neighbourhoods, and Laureate Close is a great example of that approach in action.”
Colin Wilson, Housing Hartlepool’s Director of Regeneration, said: “As can be seen by the example of Mr Moon, this development will make a real difference to people’s lives.
“The homes and their layout within Laureate Close have been designed to the highest standards and to create a tight-knit community atmosphere for the residents who move there.
“They also have state-of-the-art heating systems and high levels of insulation, which will make them extremely economical to run.”
Laureate Close comprises eight semi-detached two bedroomed bungalows and one detached wheelchair accessible two bedroomed bungalow, which are available for rent.
The bungalows, built by Dunelm Property Services, are of a contemporary design with a mix of render and timber cladding to the external walls and slate grey roof tiles.
The scheme is the latest in a series of local projects supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, which is supporting the development of Hartlepool’s first new Council homes for decades at Charles Street, Seaton Lane and Kipling Road, as well as other key schemes for Housing Hartlepool at Belle Vue and Easington Road.
CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436
Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own and regeneration delivery agency for England. Its vision is to create opportunity areas.
For more information, visit homesandcommunities.co.uk.
l-r Colin Wilson Director of Regeneration at Housing Hartlepool, resident Harry Moon and Anne Mulroy Head of Area Homes and Community Agency