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Work begins on first bespoke council homes for wheelchair users

Work has begun on a £2.2 million Care and Support Specialised Housing (CaSSH) scheme to deliver 10 bespoke council houses for families with an adult wheelchair user in Wolverhampton.

Heantun Housing Association Development Manager Paula McHugh and Simon Deakin of contractors J. Harper & Sons Ltd flank Councillor Peter Bilson at Lawnside Green site
Paula McHugh, Simon Deakin and Cllr Peter Bilson

City of Wolverhampton Council is eager to ensure people can live independent lives in their own homes.

A project to deliver 4 wheelchair homes in Lawnside Green, Stowlawn, is now underway.

Two houses will also be built in Fifth Avenue, Low Hill, as part of the Tap Works development, while land on Dale Street, Graiseley, is earmarked for the remaining 4 omes.

Heantun Housing Association (HHA), which has a successful track record of designing and delivering family sized wheelchair housing in the city, will manage the build on behalf of the council.

The units will be part funded by £450,000 of a £900,000 Government Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant.

The remainder of the grant will be used by HHA in addition to its own funding to develop a further 10 wheelchair accessible homes, which it will own and manage.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: "This is good news for prospective housing tenants and is the first house building project of this kind for the city council.

"It will enable people to lead independent and fulfilling lives at home with their families.

"This follows on from us completing the first council homes built in the city for 3 decades at Thompson Avenue, and other projects - such as the development of the former Tap Works site - are in the pipeline.

"It is a priority for us to ensure people can access quality affordable homes in Wolverhampton and that is something we are delivering on."

The city council want to identify suitable families for the 2 and 3 bedroom wheelchair accessible homes. The development of some of the wheelchair homes is being part funded by the Government and under the funding agreement the wheelchair user must be aged over 18.

Prospective tenants for the wheelchair homes need to register at the Homes in the City website where they can also access further information.

Alternatively they should contact the city council on 01902 555446.

  • released: Friday 16 October, 2015