First residents move in as part of Hull-based housing association’s plans to address housing shortage on former school site

First residents move in as part of Hull-based housing association’s plans to address housing shortage on former school site

Pickering and Ferens Homes is delighted to announce that the first residents have moved in to a brand-new housing development consisting of 82 two-bedroom bungalows on the former David Lister School site.

The Hull-based housing association, which caters its housing provision and services towards people over the age of 55, has been working to address the national housing shortage by developing properties which are adapted to the specific needs of its residents.

The properties, which form part of one of the largest bungalow developments in the UK currently being developed, are adjacent to the integrated care centre, which provides support to patients who have long-term health conditions and illnesses associated with older age. The development is due to fully complete later this year.

Pickering and Ferens Homes’ work on the Newbridge Village development was shortlisted for a prestigious UK Housing Award 2018 – the third consecutive shortlisting for Pickering and Ferens Homes in three years.

Mr Stephen Varley has recently moved into a new home on the development with his wife, Mrs Tracey Varley. He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have moved here – everyone who has walked into our new home has fallen in love with it.

“The size of everything, such as the large windows which allow lots of light in, through to the larger doors, means that we now live in a home where everything is so accessible.

“Pickering and Ferens Homes’ team have been brilliant and supportive since we have moved here. Just showing the house to others has encouraged our friends and relatives to consider moving to a new house here as well.”

Claire Warren, Chief Executive for Pickering and Ferens Homes, said: “We are proud to be doing our part to address a UK-wide issue through providing 82 affordable homes which focus on the needs of older people.

“Our ethos has always consisted of providing high-quality housing that is adapted to our residents’ needs and helps to further enhance later life; we give those who live in Newbridge Village access to our services which aim to encourage independent living, maintain health and wellbeing and tackle loneliness and isolation.

“The Newbridge Village development highlights the great work Pickering and Ferens Homes is completing to make a difference in the Hull community.”

Cllr John Black, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “With 82 homes, Newbridge Village is currently the largest bungalow development in the UK, and I think it is one of the most innovative and exciting developments to be built in the city. The Council was pleased to make the land available and support the grant funding, which has enabled the Council and Pickering and Ferens Homes to continue our successful partnership.

“It is increasingly being recognised that good housing and good health are inextricably linked. Here we have quality, warm homes which incorporate range of environmentally friendly features designed to cut fuel bills and reduce pollution, including energy efficient boilers, cavity, loft and under floor insulation, and low energy lighting.

The bungalows have been designed for multiple living styles, helping people live independently for as long as possible with an integrated health care on-site and ambulance and fire stations nearby, with fire personnel specially trained in supporting the rehabilitation and recovery of patients following a hospital stay.

“As we continue to seek new models of care and support for independent lifestyles, Newbridge Village ticks all the all the boxes for helping improve community health and wellbeing.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: From left to right: Martin Sherman, PFH Property Services Director; Tom Hogan, PFH Chair; Cllr Mike Thompson, Ward Councillor; Cllr John Black, Housing Portfolio Holder; Cllr Stephen Brady, Hull City Council leader; Claire Warren, PFH Chief Executive; Cllr Hester Bridges, Southcoates Ward Councillor; and Mr Stephen Varley, PFH resident