Lincolnshire housebuilder Chestnut Homes is building homes for life at its latest development in Lincoln.
A Lincolnshire-based housebuilder is helping to meet local demand by ensuring its homes fulfil the needs of older and disabled people. Chestnut Homes is building selected properties which have been increased in size to meet higher building regulations for accessible and adaptable homes.
Five three-bedroom semi-detached houses at the developer’s LN6 development in Lincoln have been designed to suit people with mobility problems or disabilities. These include features such as level access, clear space in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, handles, switches and sockets at set heights and wider doorways.
Staircases have also been made wider, to make it possible to fit a stairlift in the future.
Research by the Lincolnshire Research Observatory predicts the number of over-75s will nearly double in Lincolnshire over the next 20 years, indicating the need for homes to either be built with accessible features already included or be more easily adaptable.
David Newton, Managing Director for Chestnut Homes, said: “As a Lincolnshire-based housebuilder we’ve always been attuned to the needs of local homebuyers and it’s clear that more and more homes are going to be required to suit our ageing population. We want to build homes which suit our customers at every stage of their lives.”
“By providing accessible and adaptable homes now we are making housing available to help older and disabled people retain their health and independence as well as avoiding the need for costly adaptations in the future as people’s circumstances change.”
The five homes built to Part M4(2) of Building Regulations at LN6 are each De Forz housetypes. There is also a De Forz showhome open at the development, so purchasers can take a tour of this housetype.
Chestnut Homes is currently building homes in Lincoln, Boston, Dunholme, Coningsby, Bardney, Louth and Alford.