Council 'leads way' on bungalow building

By Jim Dunton - Thu 5 September 2013, 5:30 pm

Barking and Dagenham Council has proclaimed itself "ahead of the game" in terms of its building policies to prepare for the needs of an ageing population.

The authority said it was currently building 38 bungalows and had secured funding for a further 26 following a bid for £910,000 in Department of Health funding that is being distributed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The action follows a call from the Department for Communities and Local Government for councils to build more bungalows to cater for the requirements of a projected surge in the number of elderly residents in the coming years.

Borough housing lead councillor Phil Waker said building bungalows was an important part of the nation’s new housing mix.

“We are certainly ahead of the game in this regard, with building work already underway,” he said.

“The level of interest in the new bungalows at Alex Guy Gardens and Luke Allsopp Square has been overwhelming, so we know for a fact that this kind of property is very popular.

“That’s why we were delighted to be able secure extra funding to provide a further 26 bungalows for older and disabled people at Margaret Bondfield Avenue and Stansgate Road.

“By identifying vacant or underused plots like these two sites, we can be on the front foot when it comes to making applications for grant funding.

“Also we have a good reputation for being able to deliver new homes.”

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