It’s a first, second and third for Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association
It’s never been busier for Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association
We have a third phase of homes due to complete soon in the village of Nassington, a second phase of homes starting in Norton and two first time developments in Lilbourne and Little Addington.
These developments will deliver a total of 28 much-needed new homes in the county in 2022.
Breaking new ground in Norton
As well as providing eight affordable homes and two local market homes identified in the housing needs survey, the scheme in Norton is also a ground-breaking development for the region.
It will be one of the first rural exception sites to also include two plots for self building. It’s an exciting opportunity; the option to self build rarely happens in rural developments. The two four-bedroom plots will be prioritised for local people.
The planning and design of the scheme has been a true partnership between the Parish Council, the community and the association. The development has been shaped by what the community want, and they were empowered and involved throughout.
And, the Norton community will also benefit with the addition of a new playground, gifted by NRHA to the Parish Council.
Energy efficient and comfortable homes
All of the 28 homes in development will be built to meet or exceed national space standards, and will incorporate air source heat pumps (ASHPs).
The installation of ASHPs to heat homes in rural areas which are off gas mains, where previously the association has used expensive electric heaters, provides residents with a low carbon, energy efficient way of heating. And, importantly, they will help keep energy bills lower, which will be a great benefit with the current energy price increases and worsening fuel poverty crisis.