ACCESSIBLE housing plans have been lodged for a Workington.

Allerdale Borough Council has received an application for planning permission from Westfield Housing Association to build six, two-bedroom bungalows on the former Westfield Welfare Site.

The proposal is to remove the existing ground floor and foundations and to build the accessible housing.

Westfield Housing Association has said that it has identified a need in the area for accessible housing provision, serving its elderly population who wish to remain in their area where family and friends are nearby.

And there is more to come from the housing association. In their Design and Access Statement they said: “This application is the latest of a series of developments Westfield hope to make over the next few years to increase the diversity of the housing portfolio and to enhance provision within the Westfield Estate.

“The provision of more accessible accommodation not only aides the older population but frees existing family homes for new residents.

They said: “The bungalows will be designed to ensure adaptability for the changing needs of the residents, adopting many of the principles of lifetime homes while ensuring energy efficiency and low carbon technology keep fuel costs and carbon emissions low.”

The developer said that care has been taken to have only a positive impact on the area.

Westfield Housing said: “That material pallet has been chosen to match the existing dwellings with rendered wall, roof, tiles and brick boundary walls.

“Parking areas will be block paving to contrast with the existing tarmac roads and paved footpaths.

“The intention is for the new dwellings to blend in with the existing surrounding rather than stand out.”

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