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Published by Malcolm Triggs for West Kent Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support

The new flats at Bonney Way The new flats at Bonney Way

A new housing development for older people in Swanley reflects West Kent’s determination to build “not just homes but the right kind of homes,” in the words of Chief Executive Frank Czarnowski.

He was speaking at an open day at which invited guests were able to see the stylish redevelopment at Bonney Way, close to the centre of the town.

The Bonney Way development is made up of 26 homes, most of them for West Kent’s Emerald (older) tenants plus four larger, general needs homes designed for families of five.

Tenants who were decanted from the flats that used to be on the site and will be moving back into Bonney Court have been able to choose some internal features, such as kitchens, flooring and paint schemes.

Bonney Court reflects the housing association’s Age – A Positive Experience strategy by providing older people's accommodation that meets 21st century standards.

Mr Czarnowski said the flagship new development, in a prime location close to the facilities and amenities needed by older residents, proved that West Kent was making sure it built the kind of homes people wanted to live in.

The scheme, backed by Sevenoaks District Council, involved demolishing 28 small flats after consulting the tenants, who were rehoused during the work and supported by West Kent’s Lifeways team.

Mr Czarnowski praised the support given to the tenants by Claire Mitchell, West Kent’s Strategy Development Officer, who has managed that aspect of the scheme.

The new development, built by Westridge Construction, meets full Lifetime Homes standards and the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 as well as being Secure by Design compliant.

It has provided 10, one-bed flats for two people and 12 two-bed flats for three people as well as the four general needs three-bed homes.

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