A man with MS and his family are enjoying the independence of life in their own home after moving into a new Together Housing development in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
Steven Titterington and his family have moved into one of 10 new homes on Beechwood Park in Bailiff Bridge. The Bradford Road development was built by Together Housing in partnership with Calderdale Council and is also supported through a grant from Homes England.
The scheme consists of seven two-bedroom houses and three three-bedroom houses, including two which were specially adapted for people with disabilities. It is the first scheme completed through the housing provider’s Calderdale Together Investment Partnership.
“It’s a great relief to move into our new home. I now have my independence again and my family is looking forward to a new future,” Titterington said. “I have MS and it’s been getting worse. We owned where we lived before, but it was on four floors and we couldn’t make any adaptations to it. I couldn’t manage all the stairs anymore and I had a few trips and falls.
“Our new house is all level from the drive to when you go in through the front door. Even better, it has a wet room which makes life so much easier and we can add a stair-lift and handrails.
“In our old house, I couldn’t even do a simple job like vacuuming without getting exhausted and my wife and two teenage children had to do all the jobs. Now I can do so much more and it will really improve my quality of life.
“What’s even better, we haven’t had to move far and my son is able to stay at the same school which is good as he’s got exams this year. And we’re still close to all our friends.
“We were put on the waiting list for an accessible home. We found out about these new homes being built and it was a huge sigh of relief when we got one. We kept an eye on the building work every time we went to the supermarket. It’s the perfect move.”
Dave Procter, chair of Together Housing Group’s board, said: “This development is the first to come to fruition as part of the Calderdale Together Investment Partnership, in which we are investing more than £70 million to develop homes that people in Calderdale can be proud to live in.”
Councillor Daniel Sutherland, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for planning, housing and environment, added: “It’s great to see people moving into their quality new homes. Developments like this boost our communities by providing much-needed homes that local families can afford. They bring land back into use, grow our economy and help make Calderdale a place where people want to live, work and invest.”
The Calderdale Together Investment Partnership is expected to build up to 650 homes for “affordable” rent and home ownership, including through schemes such as shared ownership.