Layden Drive Resident Welcome

First Published: 21/06/2019

Our new affordable housing development in Doncaster has sold out prior to the first brick even being laid on site.

The new-build development on the outskirts of the city comprises eight semi-detached bungalows, which have been sold under the shared ownership scheme, and a bespoke detached bungalow for a family with specific housing needs.

Our homes, which are located on Layden Drive, Scaswby, have been developed in partnership with Doncaster Council and Homes England. It is the first of two affordable housing developments in the area that being developed through the partnership.

This week, representatives from our organisation along with Doncaster Council visited Layden Drive’s new residents to see how they are settling in. All the residents are delighted with their properties and were keen to show the delegation round their impressive new homes.

The two-bedroom bungalows benefit from aspirational and thoughtful design and build, with a host of desirable features including open-plan living-kitchens onto paved patios and gardens, fully fitted kitchens, level access showers, sun tubes, off street parking with electric charging points, as well as sustainable drainage to drives. The properties enjoy uninterrupted views across open farm land.

The five-bedroom detached bungalow in the scheme has been built as a bespoke home for a family which has several children with severe disabilities and is intended to provide a better quality of life for the whole family. The property has full level access and is laid out in an open-plan manner to assist maneuverability. There is a wet room with shower, various equipment including motorised hoists, a recharging bay for wheelchairs and ample off-street parking for disability-adapted vehicles.

The development at Layden Drive, Scawsby started in June 2018 and was completed on 26 April this year. The architects were local practice Building Link Design, based in Doncaster, and the building contractor was Torpoint of Bradford.

Our second affordable housing development at nearby Edwin Road, Woodlands will be completed shortly. It provides 14 additional bungalows for rent to the over 55s within the Woodlands Conservation Area. The properties will be offered by Doncaster Council through 100 per cent nominations.

Johnnie Johnson Housing plans to develop 1,000 new homes over the next eight years, with a focus on modern housing for older people.

Lisa Johnson, Director of Development at Johnnie Johnson Housing, who was at the resident welcome event, said: “The partnership demonstrates that it is entirely possible to deliver quality homes that are both aspirational and affordable and which meet the specific needs of the community who we are building for. We are focused on building homes that people want to live in and that will grow with the needs of residents, and to provide a long-lasting successful relationship that is beneficial to both parties.”