Rural housing week – investing in Norfolk’s future

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:

Case study
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.