A City of Wolverhampton Council scheme to deliver bespoke council houses for families with an adult wheelchair user has been short listed for a Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Midlands award.

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The housing development team is in the running for the Development of the Year award for its work on the Lawnside Green project in Stowlawn, Bilston.

The build has been completed in partnership with Heantun Housing Association (HHA) and part funded by a Government Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant. 

The 4 family houses on Lawnside Green are now occupied and boast generous gardens, car ports for all weather ease of transfer from wheelchair to vehicle, and interiors designed to meet the specific needs of the users.

The homes have been specifically designed to take into account the needs and pressures of a family with a wheelchair user, while at the same time fitting in to the established street scene of the area and drawing from the local architectural style.

The CIH Midlands Awards 2016 ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 10, at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Housing and Assets, said: "This is the first house building project of this kind for the city council and the housing development team should be extremely proud to be short listed for this prestigious award.

"The most important thing is that tenants are now feeling the benefits. It is enabling people to lead independent and fulfilling lives at home with their families.

"One mum is now able to read a bedtime story to her child, whereas previously she could not access her child's bedroom.

"Lawnside Green is an example of the new ventures the City of Wolverhampton Council is undertaking in the provision of specialist accommodation.

"It is vital we are responsive to the range of needs represented on our housing register, and we are determined to do more."

Sara Woodall, Chief Executive of Heantun Housing Association, added: "We are delighted to have been able to deliver these homes in partnership with the city council.

"The fact they are making such a positive difference to the tenants' lives is amazing, and knowing that they are now up for an award is really the icing on the cake."

It is the first of 3 sites to be developed under this £2.2 million Care and Support Specialised Housing (CaSSH) scheme.

Two wheelchair accessible houses on Fifth Avenue, Low Hill - as part of the Tap Works development - have also recently been completed and let as part of this programme, while land on Dale Street, Graiseley, has work underway on the next 4 homes.

  • released: Friday 30 September, 2016