New homes in Darlington
7th September 2015 | posted in News
A new £1.3 million affordable housing scheme for older people has opened in Darlington.
Railway Housing Association has built ten two-bedroom bungalows in Arras Close, Faverdale.
One of the first people to see the homes was Darlington MP Jenny Chapman, who met residents John and Suzanne Wheater.
Mr and Mrs Weather, who moved into their bungalow from a smaller apartment, said: “Our new home is so much bigger than the apartment so we couldn’t be happier; we love it here.”
The couple were presented with an arrangement of flowers by Ms Chapman and Railway Housing Association to mark the start of a new life in their new home, as were the other residents.
Ms Chapman said: “I’m sure they will have many happy years living here. It’s great that Railway Housing Association has been able to lead on the construction of these fantastic new homes.”
Railway Housing Association Chief Executive Anne Rowlands said: “We knew there was a demand for older people’s accommodation in Darlington. The Council made the site available and we felt it was an excellent location in the middle of an established residential area.”
Railway Housing Association Chairman Geoff Proudlock added: “We have plans to build more social housing properties in Darlington between now and 2017, creating a further 78 affordable homes to add to the association’s portfolio of almost 1,500 homes.”
The development in Arras Close cost a total of £1.3million, which included grant funding of £250,000 from the Homes & Communities Agency, the national regeneration organisation for England.