The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says villages in England are facing a hidden crisis, with the lack of affordable homes having a devastating impact on the social fabric of rural life.
The CPRE says the average age in rural communities is rising as young people and families are priced out of their local area and forced to move away. As a consequence, many local services are struggling to survive.
Responding to demand
We’ve got developments in the pipeline that will help to respond to this need.
In Clanfield, we hope to be acquiring a new rural site in the coming weeks. This development will deliver 29 homes, all affordable, and will be built out by Radian Build.
All of the homes on the site will be for local people where there is a strong demand for this type of rural scheme.
We are building out our own homes on this site and will be building on our track record of good quality homes, with minimal defects and brilliant customer feedback.
Quality and accessibility
The homes will all be either affordable or Shared Ownership to make them as accessible as possible to the younger generations and those on lower incomes.
Our homes are high quality, and we are committed to ensuring they are robust and well-constructed. Jonathan Rickard, Head of Radian Build recently wrote a blog about building high quality, energy efficient homes which you can read here.
We have focused on delivering good fabric efficiency so that they are future proofed to accommodate potential changes to legislation or improved renewable solutions in the future.
A ‘fabric first’ approach to building design maximises the performance of the components and materials that make up the building fabric itself, before considering the use of mechanical or electrical building services systems. Benefits include:
- Maximising airtightness
- Using super-high insulation
- Optimising solar gain through the provision of openings and shading whilst reducing overheating
- Optimising natural ventilation
- Using the thermal mass of the building fabric
- Using energy from occupants, electronic devices, cookers and so on
More and more high quality, affordable homes will be needed in the future and Radian are striving to ensure we respond to the very real needs of these areas.
– Steve Taylor, Head of Land and Planning