Upsizing and a move to shared ownership
We’re building a better future for rural communities by helping local people move to suit their changing needs.
Affordable housing can provide the foundations for increased, sustainable growth for rural communities.
But, needs change over time. A home can be become too small (or too big), or people may be ready to get on the property ladder. And there's not always an affordable option in their rural village, so often people end up living in unsuitable homes, or move away.
Such as Kieren. He’s been a Northamptonshire Rural Housing (NRHA) customer for over 12 years, until recently living in a two-bedroom rented NRHA house on Fenn Close in Nassington. When a new phase of affordable homes was built on the street, Kieren jumped at the chance to buy a three-bed shared ownership house. He’s upsized, got on the property ladder AND stayed close to his family, friends and work.
“I loved my old house and living in the village, but really wanted to get on the property ladder. I couldn’t afford to buy anything in the village at full market value, so I was delighted when these shared ownership homes came available on Fenn Close.
“I’m still close to my parents who also live on Fenn Close and near work. And there’s more space for my two boys, and the garden is much bigger, which my dog especially appreciates!!”
And another local family, Danielle, her husband and three children, have also moved from a two bedroomed rented home on Fenn Close, to a larger new, three-bedroomed rented home. The extra space has transformed life for the family.