Work to start on Ribble Valley over 55s apartments

An artist's impression of the new development for the over 55s on land off Elker Lane, Billington. (s)
An artist's impression of the new development for the over 55s on land off Elker Lane, Billington. (s)
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Building work is due to start on a new two-storey apartment block in the Ribble Valley for the over 55s.

St Vincent’s Housing Association has appointed affordable housing developer Lovell to build a £2.6 million development of high-quality affordable apartments for older residents in Billington.

The new two-storey apartment block on land off Elker Lane will create 19 modern, self-contained two-bedroom homes, for shared ownership or affordable rent, for residents aged 55 and over.

The development is designed by Manchester-based architectural practice Jennings Design Associates incorporating the 10 “HAPPI”, Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation, design principles.

Construction work is due to start on the development which should be completed in spring 2016.

Working in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, funding is being provided by the Department of Health, the Homes and Communities Agency and St Vincent’s Housing Association.

Rachel O’Connor, St Vincent’s development manager, said: “It’s now well known we are all living longer and, as we get older our housing needs change. Billington is a lovely area and will provide the backdrop to a stunning development of apartments for both affordable rent and shared ownership for those wanting a high quality, easily managed home. This is a great opportunity for St Vincent’s to provide a first class development for local people.”

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates said: “We’re delighted to be working with St Vincent’s on this project creating much needed high quality modern homes for older residents. The scheme will provide light and airy, well designed private apartments complemented by high quality communal facilities and attractive communal gardens.”

Residents will have access to shared facilities including a ground floor communal lounge, communal garden and extensive landscaped grounds, including residents’ allotments. All homes will incorporate high levels of energy efficiency meeting Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes measure for assessing environmental performance.

An artist’s impression of the new development on land off Elker Lane, Billington. (s)