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05 July 2019

Helping to create a rural community in Elston

The focus for 2019’s Rural Housing Week was on building for rural communities and was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the opening of ten new homes in Elston, Nottinghamshire.

New developments are a vital part of maintaining rural communities, but due to the lack of new homes, it can be hard for local people to remain in these areas. We're helping to tackle this problem with the opening of Elston and similar new, scheduled developments.

New resident, Ben, is unable to work full time due to long-term health issues. Privately renting in the countryside was something he simply couldn’t afford, however we've helped him achieve this.

Ben said: “After 17 years of upheaval and changing the way I live and do things, it’s great to finally have some stability. This already feels like home.

“Affordable homes such as these help to regenerate the community. The population of our villages are aging, and with prices increasing, people are struggling to live in the countryside.

“I was born, brought up and work in the countryside. For me it’s important that I live here too!”

Jenny and Anthony live a few doors down from Ben and have already decided that they’re staying for good. Their living room opens onto a garden with views of the horse paddock next door. Jenny said: “We feel as though we are on holiday, this is our forever home.”

Designed by architects HLP and built by Geda Construction, the new homes are in keeping with the style of nearby properties with the open, welcoming layout offering views of the countryside.

We worked closely with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Elston Parish Council in the project that spanned seven years. Representatives from involved organisations joined local residents to celebrate the completion.

Parish Councillor Jim Archer is delighted with the result, he said: “The homes are a wonderful project that the parish council has been in support of from the start.”

Richard Vickery, our Head of Development: “Community consultation and the support of the parish council is what’s made these new homes such a success. We hope the new residents are very happy here.”

Rural Housing Week is organised by the National Housing Federation and seeks to reinforce the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.