Bungalows go up in economic downturn

This Is Wiltshire: Discussing the work at the Blunsdon Abbey Park development, from left, Martin Clifton, of Homeseeker Park Homes, park owner Adam Griffin, Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson, Vera Tomlinson, Mary Friend and park manager Nick Bond-Powell Buy this photo Discussing the work at the Blunsdon Abbey Park development, from left, Martin Clifton, of Homeseeker Park Homes, park owner Adam Griffin, Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson, Vera Tomlinson, Mary Friend and park manager Nick Bond-Powell

A HOUSING project for retired people in North Swindon which succeeded in spite of the recession is celebrating as it continues to expand.

In 2010 Blunsdon Abbey Park defied the economic troubles in the housing market as the owners launched a programme to build bungalows.

It is a move that has proved extremely popular and now the site has in excess of 80 residents, with many more looking to move in.

The park provides up-to-date accommodation for those over the age of 50 who are looking to downsize and live in a quiet community.

Adam Griffin, owner of the site, said: “When they reach a certain age and the children have moved out a lot of people look to downsize to unlock some funds. What we have here is the perfect chance to do that.

“The homes are the highest quality standard and are in a secure community. People here know they can leave their house and it will be safe.

“The bungalows are bespoke so the residents can design what they want. We have one gentleman who had a look around several factories to see what he wanted and then picked the parts he wanted.”

The workers are still on the site and are continuing to build homes overlooking Priory Vale.

Despite its growth over the years, Adam has further plans to expand, using some of the historic buildings in the park.

He said: “We could have taken the option to sit back and do nothing but we decided instead to move forward.

“We own the whole site which includes the former abbey. While I can’t yet put a timescale on things we want to turn part of it into offices and the other part of it into a community hall for residents.”

Yesterday, North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson visited the park, saying it offered a great opportunity for over-50s.

“I have represented this area as a councillor for 10 years and as an MP for four and have been very impressed at the complete transformation of this site,” he said.

“You can see why there is such strong demand for a place here. There is a fantastic community spirit here.

“What’s more is the majority of the residents here are from Swindon, unlike other places where quite a few people move in from London. Places like this are vital for independent living so people can live and enjoy a longer and more fulfilling retirement.”

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9:28am Sat 22 Mar 14

Morsey says...

In recent months, I have mentioned to political people, both Labour and Conservative, that the Groundwell Park and Ride site would accommodate around fifty such park homes, which could be, selectively, offered to the elderly in social housing.

It could free up much needed housing stock if family sized properties were vacated by residents who would appreciate living in such and take care of a bungalow.

The Council own the land, and with the help and assistance of the company they are seen with in the photograp, there is certainly a project worth considering as fifty homes of bricks and mortar would cost, maybe, three times as much?
In recent months, I have mentioned to political people, both Labour and Conservative, that the Groundwell Park and Ride site would accommodate around fifty such park homes, which could be, selectively, offered to the elderly in social housing. It could free up much needed housing stock if family sized properties were vacated by residents who would appreciate living in such and take care of a bungalow. The Council own the land, and with the help and assistance of the company they are seen with in the photograp, there is certainly a project worth considering as fifty homes of bricks and mortar would cost, maybe, three times as much? Morsey
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6:00pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

Or they could just work a bit harder and buy themselves a proper house, derrrrrrr!
Or they could just work a bit harder and buy themselves a proper house, derrrrrrr! mrwoo
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2:55pm Sun 23 Mar 14

knittynora says...

mrwoo wrote:
Or they could just work a bit harder and buy themselves a proper house, derrrrrrr!
He was actually talking about retired people or are you suggesting that we should go back to the Victorian era when working people kept going until they dropped dead?
Attitudes exhibited towards Social housing tenants on this site verge on the pathological
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: Or they could just work a bit harder and buy themselves a proper house, derrrrrrr![/p][/quote]He was actually talking about retired people or are you suggesting that we should go back to the Victorian era when working people kept going until they dropped dead? Attitudes exhibited towards Social housing tenants on this site verge on the pathological knittynora
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8:42pm Sun 23 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

knittynora wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
Or they could just work a bit harder and buy themselves a proper house, derrrrrrr!
He was actually talking about retired people or are you suggesting that we should go back to the Victorian era when working people kept going until they dropped dead?
Attitudes exhibited towards Social housing tenants on this site verge on the pathological
Not exactly true, most just feel that there are more than a few in society who expect things to be given to them just because they are older or because they have had more kids than they can afford etc. Why should we not expect people to make more responsibility for their lives and choices, instead of expecting the taxpayer to pick up the pieces every time.

now more than half the population take more from the state than they contribute, not only is that grossly unfair on those who do take responsibility it is also totally unsustainable as more and more people live longer and longer. It is actually about simple responsibility and basic economics. We all know what happens when you let your heart rule your head, it usually ends in tears
[quote][p][bold]knittynora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: Or they could just work a bit harder and buy themselves a proper house, derrrrrrr![/p][/quote]He was actually talking about retired people or are you suggesting that we should go back to the Victorian era when working people kept going until they dropped dead? Attitudes exhibited towards Social housing tenants on this site verge on the pathological[/p][/quote]Not exactly true, most just feel that there are more than a few in society who expect things to be given to them just because they are older or because they have had more kids than they can afford etc. Why should we not expect people to make more responsibility for their lives and choices, instead of expecting the taxpayer to pick up the pieces every time. now more than half the population take more from the state than they contribute, not only is that grossly unfair on those who do take responsibility it is also totally unsustainable as more and more people live longer and longer. It is actually about simple responsibility and basic economics. We all know what happens when you let your heart rule your head, it usually ends in tears house on the hill
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9:15pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Morsey says...

The Government actually gives monetary gifts out in many directions, not only the previous one, either. Take, for example, this evenings news and you will see what I mean.
A couple wanted to buy a house and couldn't raise the deposit, okay many people in the same position, they thought they could afford a 2 bed property where they lived ... along comes another 'vote-winning' theory from you know who and now they are able to afford a new FIVE bedroomed house due to assisted purchase and a gift of £2,000 into their deposit plus the guarantees if they fail on their mortgage!

Now, to me, that seems very generous as they admit they won't need to climb the property ladder as millions have had to, but have jumped ahead decades with taxpayers' financial help!

And, you target those on benefits? My wife and I are pensioners and have not had benefits other than bus passes, which I rarely use and is only paid on travel, and winter fuel payments. WE have always looked after our own affairs without the help of the treasury who have hit us badly at times in our lives for being honest! Yet, we know friends who are 'decent' , supposedly retired 'hard workers' who know how to play the system, but refuse to admit the same as they pick up extra help to give them even more than we who have not fiddled by only working part-time for most of their working years Of course, zero hours contracts and the like will create whole new generations of such cases now.

In years to come, when private pensions have been squandered on lump sum purchases, I guess there will be a massive need for pension top-ups or the country will have many more 'scroungers' by invitation, and Labour agree to this Coalition stupidity.
The Government actually gives monetary gifts out in many directions, not only the previous one, either. Take, for example, this evenings news and you will see what I mean. A couple wanted to buy a house and couldn't raise the deposit, okay many people in the same position, they thought they could afford a 2 bed property where they lived ... along comes another 'vote-winning' theory from you know who and now they are able to afford a new FIVE bedroomed house due to assisted purchase and a gift of £2,000 into their deposit plus the guarantees if they fail on their mortgage! Now, to me, that seems very generous as they admit they won't need to climb the property ladder as millions have had to, but have jumped ahead decades with taxpayers' financial help! And, you target those on benefits? My wife and I are pensioners and have not had benefits other than bus passes, which I rarely use and is only paid on travel, and winter fuel payments. WE have always looked after our own affairs without the help of the treasury who have hit us badly at times in our lives for being honest! Yet, we know friends who are 'decent' , supposedly retired 'hard workers' who know how to play the system, but refuse to admit the same as they pick up extra help to give them even more than we who have not fiddled by only working part-time for most of their working years Of course, zero hours contracts and the like will create whole new generations of such cases now. In years to come, when private pensions have been squandered on lump sum purchases, I guess there will be a massive need for pension top-ups or the country will have many more 'scroungers' by invitation, and Labour agree to this Coalition stupidity. Morsey
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