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‘Happi’ Homes for the Over-55s Nearing Completion

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HAPPI DAYS – Rachel O’Connor, development manager at St Vincent’s Housing Association, Simon Hore and Rachael Stott, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing strategy manager.
Published Monday, 10 October 2016

A flagship Billington development featuring 19 two-bedroom ‘HAPPI’ homes for the over-55s is nearing completion.

The HAPPI homes, or 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 can be digitally connected.

The Elker Meadow scheme, which is being developed by St Vincent’s Housing Association, also features easy-access parking and storage facilities, individual balconies, a communal lounge, a shared garden and allotments, and private courtyards.

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

"We are delighted to have supported this flagship development, which is one of the best of its kind and will bring much-needed high-quality accommodation for older residents to the borough.”

The provision of affordable housing, particularly for the young and elderly, is one of the biggest issues facing Ribble Valley Borough Council, which is at the forefront of several housing initiatives aimed at tackling the problem, from affordable houses and free boilers to winter warmth and energy efficiency.

The HAPPI homes are due for completion in December and will be available for shared ownership or affordable rent.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing team on 01200 425111 or St Vincent’s Housing Association on 0161 772 2165.

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