New homes for Rotherham’s older residents
Published by Gareth Holmes for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
A new £1.7 million housing scheme has been unveiled in the village of North Anston, Rotherham, offering high quality homes for the over 55s.
Willow Chase has been developed by Sanctuary Group, one of the UK’s leading housing providers, and comprises 16 two-bedroom apartments for older people. The scheme has been made possible thanks to the combined efforts of Sanctuary, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and local developers Cooke and Knight.
To mark the completion of the new scheme, an official opening was held for partners involved in the project and the first of the residents who have moved into the accommodation.
Special guest for the event was Councillor Shaun Wright, The Worshipful the Mayor of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough, who marked the occasion by unveiling a commemorative plaque.
Set across two blocks, Willow Chase has been built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and incorporates a range of energy efficient features including solar photovoltaic cells and highly efficient gas condensing boilers. Additional features include a cycle and buggy store, landscaped communal garden area and secure door entry system to all properties.
The development has also received Secured by Design accreditation from the South Yorkshire Police, which recognises homes that have been developed to design out crime.
Peter Martin. Sanctuary’s Group Director – Development, said: “We are delighted to bring this important scheme to fruition and underline Sanctuary’s commitment to developing new, high-quality housing for local people.
“These properties are a welcome addition to Rotherham and will ensure older residents can remain in the local community for years to come.”
Councillor Wright added: “I am very impressed by this development in North Anston. The design and standard of workmanship is excellent and talking to the new residents it is clear that they are equally pleased with their new homes.”