THE developer behind a new community in Ross-On-Wye is helping to tackle the shortage of homes suitable for older people by building a range of bungalows.

Research on behalf of retirement community operators found that while nearly 60% of surplus bedrooms are in homes occupied by the over 65s, a lack of age-friendly housing was limiting the options for many who wanted to downsize.

The report by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation called for the building of homes suitable for one and two-person households to be prioritised, along with better promotion of the benefits of downsizing.

Edenstone Homes is already building homes well-suited for downsizers across its developments, with a choice of three styles of bungalows available at St Mary’s Garden Village in Ross-on-Wye.

Sales director Adele McCoy explained:

“We recognise that there’s a need for new homes for buyers on every rung of the housing ladder, including those looking to downsize. St Mary’s Garden Village offers a varied selection of homes to cater for all market segments with the rare opportunity to own a brand new bungalow.

“By building bungalows we’re addressing a shortage of this type of home as they account for just 10% of domestic properties, according to Valuation Agency data. In doing so we’re offering those considering downsizing a chance to be part of a new community where they will be able to grow their own food if they take on an allotment and to stay active by making use of fitness trails, gym equipment and cycle hire facilities. It’s the ideal solution for empty nesters and those who want a more manageable home but aren’t yet ready to live on a retirement development.”

The three styles of bungalows at St Mary’s Garden Village are the two-bedroom Eastbourne and the Bournemouth and Sidmouth, both with three bedrooms. A Sidmouth show home is available to view by appointment, with video tours available via the website.

Current prices start from £229,995 for a two-bedroom Eastbourne style bungalow.

“The bungalows we’re building are a great option for a range of buyers, not just downsizers,” Adele added.

“First time buyers or couples could find that a bungalow is an alternative to an apartment, with the added bonus of having their own garden.”

Along with bungalows, St Mary’s Garden Village offers a choice of two-storey homes designed to reflect and complement the existing local architecture of the area. Four-bedroom family-sized homes are currently priced from £399,995.

The wider 290-home development will eventually include a host of facilities including a community building with equipped indoor gym, community hall and kitchen. Residents will be able to enjoy an abundance of open space including play areas; walking trail with outdoor exercise equipment; a kick about area; cycle hire facilities; allotments with raised beds, plus an orchard and meadow.

For more information about St Mary’s Garden Village call 07384 259091 or 01291 674 800.