Elderly move into ultra-modern new homes

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ELDERLY residents have given the thumbs-up to their new £4m. homes despite building problems which led to months of delays.

More than 40 people, who previously lived at Gerald Court Sheltered Housing, have now moved into new purpose-built, ultra-modern bungalows called Hirst Gardens. They helped to plan and design the homes with housing company Calico.

The homes were supposed to be ready in November but were pushed back due to delays with land and building matters early in the project. The new bungalows are on land between Clarence Street, Sussex Street, Waterloo Road and Branch Road in Burnley Wood.

Initially, residents protested against the scheme, fearing neighbours would be separated and communal spirit destroyed but later worked with Manchester-based PRP Architects to choose design, colours and fittings.

Mrs Alberta Duckworth (72) said residents were happy with the Mediterranean-style homes while fellow resident Marion Broadbent (72) said: "We have had a lot of fun doing all this, even though the work was serious. We had a lot of big discussions and we are really happy with the houses."

The housing complex, which has a warden, also features outside courtyards and larger homes for wheelchair users with gardens and car ports.

Mr Phil Jones, of Calico, said: "I think everyone is pleased with the new houses, and they are a huge improvement on the old flats they had at Gerald Court. This has been about four years in the planning so to see it all finished and for people to be happy with it is amazing."