The first show homes which are part of the Healthy New Towns programme have been officially opened by Keepmoat Homes at its Fairway development in Darlington, adjacent to the Red Hall estate.

The development which includes 81 new homes have all been designed and built with flexibility and accessibility in mind. The scheme was granted planning permission in October 2017 with work starting on site in April last year

All 81 homes feature a range of enhancements designed to make them more flexible and accessible to potential residents including:

  • Joists arranged to allow for future through-floor lift
  • Stair width designed to allow for stair lift to be fitted in the future
  • Plumbing installed for future ground floor shower room
  • Plywood walls to bathrooms to allow grab rails to be fitted
  • Wider car parking bays

The homes also digitally enabled and feature a number of technological enhancements including:

  • Smart meters and readers
  • Wifi enabled home alarm linked to PIR sensors
  • Samsung Wifi enabled tablet
  • External electrical car charging point

The Healthy New Towns project was established in 2016 by the NHS and supported by Public Health England and aims to integrate the health needs of residents into the development of new homes and the wider community, with Darlington named as one of the initial 10 demonstrator sites.

Speaking at the opening of the new show homes, Councillor Stephen Harker, the Leader of Darlington Borough Council said: “We are pleased to have worked with Keepmoat Homes, who as part of the Healthy New Towns programme, have adapted both the way they approached the design of the overall development ensuring open green spaces and good connectivity to encourage activity and exercise, and the houses themselves to support a residents changing needs during their life course, in keeping with developing health enabling neighbourhoods. This has helped to inform our developing views about how to support health and wellbeing through the built and natural environment.”

Ian Worgan, Regional Managing Director of Keepmoat Homes added: “The show homes which have been opened today by Cllr Harker are from a brand new range of house types. They are designed around the needs of first time buyers and others looking for a cost effective home, whilst at the same time being set up to be easily adapted and altered in the future as and when the resident’s needs change. The external environment has also been planned with heath in mind with good links to local footpaths and cycleways and well planned open space.

“As a developer we believe in building communities and transforming lives and we believe this new house type range could truly enhance the lives of the people who live in them.”