Broadland Housing is celebrating Rural Housing week (1-5 July) with a focus on Norfolk villages, where we are building affordable homes that are helping to create sustainable communities with a positive social impact.
We are committed to building to ensure that everyone living in a rural area lives in a quality, affordable home. In an area of high second home-ownership, local people are increasingly being priced out of Norfolk and forced to move away from their communities. Our new homes are making a real difference to people’s lives in the county:
New Broadland Housing tenant Gillian was brought up in Trunch but had been living in Paston. Her family have lived in Trunch for more than 40 years, and she works locally as a carer. She is thrilled that her new bungalow backs onto her mother’s house. Broadland has installed a garden gate so that Gillian can visit her mother (who is 80 and lives alone) every day. She is also delighted that for the first time, her severely disabled grandson, who uses a wheelchair, can now visit her at home, thanks to the new bungalow’s level entry and wide doors. Gillian said:
“It has taken a weight off my shoulders to have Mum so close and I can keep a really close eye on her. I feel less stressed about work because I’m in the village and can get to the people I care for quickly. I have got to know all the neighbours really well already.”
At our Great Ryburgh scheme, completed last year, 100% of the 5 homes are affordable rent. In April this year, Broadland celebrated the completion of 6 new bungalows at Fuller’s Lane in Trunch, Norfolk – 4 affordable rent and 2 shared ownership. This was the second phase of Broadland’s Trunch development. Phase 1, on Cornish Avenue, was finished in March 2018 and includes 8 affordable rent and 4 shared ownership houses/bungalows.
We work closely with local councils to ensure that our new rural properties meet real housing need. Rob Young, North Norfolk District Council’s Head of Economic and Community Development, said:
“[Trunch] is an excellent example of partnership working between Broadland Housing, the parish council and North Norfolk District Council. It is a sensitively designed development of the highest quality housing, not only helping to meet local housing need but to help sustain a strong community in Trunch.”
In April 2019, Broadland started building work 12 new affordable homes and 10 open market homes at Edgefield near Holt. Again, priority will be given to local people once the new homes are completed next year. Broadland Housing Executive Development Director Andrew Savage said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wellington on giving the local people of Edgefield the opportunity to remain in the village with 9 homes for affordable rental, as well as an opportunity to get on the housing ladder with 3 shared ownership properties”
The Edgefield homes are being built by Lowestoft-based contractor Wellington, which has a long track record of delivering affordable homes for housing associations and local authorities in the region. The construction project is also creating employment for local people, keeping money in the local economy.
We work with local architects and builders to ensure the highest standards of design and energy efficiency. Our homes use local building materials such as flint that harmoniously blend with existing architecture. This also helps remove the stigma attached to social housing.
At every stage of the design and construction process we engage with local communities through consultations with village residents. In the first 2 consultations of 2019, 98 people attended our village hall consultations, where our Development team, architects and local authority staff explained our plans and answered residents’ queries.