Intergenerational Housing Development Comes To York
A new council development in York in the offing is putting intergenerational living at its heart, with 85 new properties being built that could allow older people to live next door to younger members of their family, with 40 per cent of the homes set to be affordable and the remainder sold at market value.
According to Yorkshire Live, the properties will be built to passivhaus standards, with a focus on low carbon emissions. And it will be near to Applefields School for young people with special educational needs, with the hope being that the development will prove to be attractive to families with children at the school.
The plans also include traffic-free streets so children can play safely and shared alleyways at the back of the properties, so that residents can grow vegetables and eat together, with children spending more time outside.
A council report read: “These houses support two parts of a family to live together with independence. The two parts of the house contain everything needed to live as a separate household but with a connecting door to enable family support as circumstances require.
“This design supports our ambitions of enabling people to live well at home for as long as possible. Evidence suggests this is the best health and wellbeing outcome for individuals and families.”
Benefits of intergenerational living include stimulating learning for both young and older people, sharing skills, reducing age segregation and tackling big issues like social isolation and loneliness, which we know is a huge problem in the UK.
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