10% of all new affordable homes in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, will be wheelchair accessible after councillors approved a policy to introduce a host of additional requirements for every new build home.
In addition to wheelchair accessibility,new homes will have required floor areas so tenants have more space and ‘dementia friendly elements’ will be introduced.
Other improvements mean that all new homes will be more flexible and therefore suitable for a longer term.
Extra advice will be given on how best to design external areas too.
The new standard was discussed at a meeting of the Housing and Communities committee this month, before being agreed.
Councillor Diane Docherty, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We are committed to improving the lives of our tenants and we are proud of the steps we have taken so far to ensure our housing is not only affordable but also pleasant to live in.
“This extension of the design standard shows our strong commitment to providing not just houses, but homes.
“We are well underway with our ambitious programme to build 1000 energy efficient and affordable new homes in West Dunbartonshire by 2021, and it gives me great pleasure to know these will also be of an extremely high quality.”
Councillor Caroline McAllister, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “The Council’s new homes are already of a very good quality thanks to the original design standard which brought about requirements including a home office space, energy use monitoring devices and kitchens with dining space.
“I look forward to seeing residents enjoy their homes at the various sites being developed across West Dunbartonshire.”
All new developments must meet the Design Standard and also the Silver Standard for Energy Efficiency – meaning they will keep residents’ bills down as well as minimising their impact on the environment.