Homes up for grabs in ‘innovative’ Billington housing scheme

A total of 19 two-bedroom "HAPPI" homes are up for grabs by the over-55s on a shared ownership basis at an innovative Billington housing scheme backed by Ribble Valley Borough Council. (s)

A total of 19 two-bedroom "HAPPI" homes are up for grabs by the over-55s on a shared ownership basis at an innovative Billington housing scheme backed by Ribble Valley Borough Council. (s)

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A total of 19 two-bedroom “HAPPI” homes are up for grabs by the over-55s on a shared ownership basis at an innovative Billington housing scheme backed by Ribble Valley Borough Council (RVBC).

HAPPI homes, derived from the Government think-tank, Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation, are designed specifically for older dwellers.

They are spacious and open, highly energy-efficient, secure, adaptable and “care ready”, have high levels of natural light and green space, and are digitally connected.

Additional features at the Elker Meadow scheme, which is being developed by St Vincent’s Housing Association, include easy-access parking and storage facilities, individual balconies and a communal lounge, where residents can meet for social, recreational and leisure pursuits. There is also a shared garden and allotments, and private courtyards and storage spaces.

Simon Hore, chairman of the council’s health and housing committee, said: “The provision of affordable housing, particularly for younger and older residents, is one of the biggest challenges facing the council.

“We are working closely with housing associations to address this problem and are delighted to have supported this excellent scheme, which will bring much-needed high-quality accommodation for older residents to the borough.”

Building work has started on the scheme and the first new homes are due for completion this autumn.

To register your interest, contact RVBC’s housing team on 01200 414567 or St Vincent’s Housing Association on 0161 772 2165.