DAMHA – in partnership with Peterlee Town Council and the Homes and Community Agency – has created 13 two-bedroom bungalows at OIaman Walk, Peterlee.
The properties, built on behalf of DAMHA by Able Construction, are in response to a demand for larger affordable homes for older people in Peterlee, and have been built on the site of a former sports centre in the LowHills area of the town.
The new homes have all been built to a high specification and include extra insulation and solar panels, which help to heat the hot water and are designed to be energy efficient.
DAMHA received grant funding of £780,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the housing and regeneration organisation for England, towards the £1.4 million cost of the scheme.
Among the residents to benefit from the new homes are John and Valerie Legg, both aged 66.
Mrs Legg said: “We used to live in a three-bedroom house in Peterlee but I had a triple heart bypass and it meant I struggled with the stairs and maintaining such a large house.
“Moving here has been a godsend as everything is on one level and so well designed; we are very content.”
Paul Mullis, Chief Executive of DAMHA, said: “Despite uncertain economic times, DAMHA, along with its partners, continues to provide new much-needed purpose-built affordable housing for local people, as well as bringing employment and business to the region at a time when the construction industry is struggling.
“We are delighted that residents like Mr and Mrs Legg are enjoying their new homes and that we have been able to deliver an environmentally friendly scheme of this nature.”
Bill Carr, Area Manager at the HCA, said: “I am really pleased that this investment has helped people move into the homes they want whilst staying in their local community.”
Olaman Walk is named in memory of Bob Olaman, a former DAMHA President who passed away in 2008.
The architects on the scheme were Durham-based Brian Ashdown Architects and DAMHA’s development partner was Isos.