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Accessible housing refers to the construction or modification (through renovation or home modification) of housing to enable independent living for persons with disabilities.

Accessibility is achieved through architectural design, but also by integrating accessibility features such as modified furniture, shelves and cupboards, or even electronic devices in the home.

The UK applies the most widespread application of accessible housing to date. In 1999, Parliament passed Section M, an amendment to residential building regulations requiring basic access in all new homes.

Access is typically defined within the limits of what a person sitting in a wheelchair is able to reach with arm movement only, with minimal shifting of the legs and torso. Lighting and thermostat controls should not be above and power outlets should not be below the reach of a person in a wheelchair.

Accessibility in new homes in England must achieve the accessibility and adaptability standards set out in Part M4(2), a government consultation has found

Part M4(2) regulations on accessibility in new homes to become mandatory

Accessibility in new homes in England must achieve the accessibility and adaptability standards set out in Part M4(2), a government consultation has found.
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Notting Hill Genesis launch new affordable homes framework

Notting Hill Genesis has selected 146 consultants and contractors for their new affordable homes framework, which will deliver more than £2.8bn-worth of new homes for London.
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MHA awarded Customer Service Excellence Standard

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has been awarded its Customer Service Excellence Standard after independent inspection, achieving the highest possible Compliance Plus rating in 11 individual areas of its work.
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Going beyond the guidance when designing an inclusive environment

From our daily dealings with minimum widths for doorways, maximum gradients for ramps and many other benchmarks, one of the main pieces of advice we would offer is when working to design an inclusive environment don’t be afraid to go beyond the guidance, says About Access.
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Vistry secures planning permission for additional housing at Kirkleatham Green

Vistry Partnerships North East has secured planning permission for 75 additional homes at its Kirkleatham Green development, in Redcar.
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Developing accessible premises, products and services

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, explores the parallels which apply in developing accessible premises, products and services.
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Barriers to retrofitting homes within the social housing sector

Gail Scholes, head of local authority, considers the ‘social anxiety’ of retrofitting homes, how this will affect the most vulnerable and how we can overcome these issues.
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How social housing solutions can ease the housing crisis

Proudly working and building on over £1 billion pounds worth of homes throughout Merseyside over the last 35 years, Sutcliffe is no stranger to providing the very best civil and structural engineering services on social housing projects.
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South Yorkshire Housing Association secures £50m sustainability package

South Yorkshire Housing Association has secured a £50m sustainability package to deliver green upgrades and build 620 new sustainable homes.
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Lived experiences worth more than legislation and guidance

Ian Streets, Managing Director of About Access, explains how you should look close to home for the approach which can set accessibility standards globally.
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Loo locations should be accessible to all

About Access discusses the importance of loo locations at the design and construction stage in order to eliminate accessibility issues.
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Meeting housing demand report calls for gov to act on housing...

The Lords Built Environment Committee has published its Meeting housing demand report and calls on the Government to act on planning, SMEs and housing for the elderly to address the housing crisis.
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BAM Colmore Row construction team raises money for children’s charity

A Birmingham-based charity has received a significant donation from BAM Construction, working on the landmark 103 Colmore Row development in the city’s central business district.
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Canary Wharf Group delivers 115 council flats in Poplar

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has completed the delivery of 115 new council homes as part of the housing development in Poplar.
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Homes England prepares to launch new dynamic purchasing system

Housebuilders will soon find it easier than ever to access Homes England land, following an overhaul of its approach to land disposals.
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Cruden Homes chosen for Edinburgh Fountainbridge regeneration

Edinburgh City Council is set to select Cruden Homes (East) as the preferred developer for the £1.1m regeneration of a major brownfield site in Fountainbridge.

TopHat to launch factory-built apartments in Kent

TopHat has submitted a planning application to deliver the company’s first factory-built apartments at its flagship Kitchener Barracks site in Chatham, Kent.
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Glasgow approves £469m plan to deliver 4,400 affordable homes

Glasgow City Council has approved the Strategic Housing Investment Plan, which will see £469.71m housing investment for the construction of over 4,400 affordable homes.
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Hot desking or homeworking, accessibility is essential

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, highlights the need to ensure accessibility in the changing post-Covid office environment.
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Online options take an inclusive approach to access training

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, takes a look at how online options take an inclusive approach to access training.
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Making the built environment accessible for all

In this ebook, About Access, which has been providing advice, guidance and training on improving access for 20 years, discusses its work and the importance of broadening understanding and acceptance of accessibility issues.
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The reality of accessible housing during lockdown

As the government consults on how to raise accessibility standards for new homes, Nicholas Bungay of Habinteg discusses recent research into the challenges many disabled people have faced during lockdown because of a lack of even basic accessible features.
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Living Space Housing to deliver affordable homes in Telford

Living Space Housing has commenced construction work at a 2.1-acre affordable housing scheme, located on brownfield land off Park Road in the Malinslee ward of Telford, Shropshire.
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Green light for suburban build-to-rent scheme in Doncaster

The first suburban Build-to-Rent (BtR) scheme of 60 houses in Doncaster has been given the green light by Doncaster Council.
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Plans in for Orchard Park development in Cambridge

Cambridge Investment Partnership (CIP) has submitted a revised planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council for the mixed-use development, Parcel L2, Orchard Park after working with Mole architects.
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Construction underway for accessible housing in Sunderland

Tolent has been appointed by Sunderland City Council to build accessible and affordable housing – the first council houses to be built in Sunderland for almost 40 years.

Accessible Housing

Accessible housing refers to the construction or modification (through renovation or home modification) of housing to enable independent living for persons with disabilities.

Accessibility is achieved through architectural design, but also by integrating accessibility features such as modified furniture, shelves and cupboards, or even electronic devices in the home.

The UK applies the most widespread application of accessible housing to date. In 1999, Parliament passed Section M, an amendment to residential building regulations requiring basic access in all new homes.

Access is typically defined within the limits of what a person sitting in a wheelchair is able to reach with arm movement only, with minimal shifting of the legs and torso. Lighting and thermostat controls should not be above and power outlets should not be below the reach of a person in a wheelchair.