A new development for Broadacres has created 6 family homes for rent in a rural community in North Yorkshire. A housing needs survey in 2011 had identified an acute shortage of affordable housing in the village of Hunton forcing young local families to leave their community. Broadacres successfully identified a development site that would form a natural extension to the village and commissioned P+HS to design 6 dwellings suited to the rural setting and in keeping with the architectural character of the area. Very much a local initiative to address local need, the dwellings are available for affordable rent by local people with a family or business connection to the village.
Schoolchildren from Hunton Primary School were involved in the new plans from the start, taking part in an archaeological dig prior to the start of building work, choosing names for the completed new dwellings and being involved with the seeding of a new wildflower meadow on site.
The scheme provides 4no 2-bed houses and 2no 3-bed dwellings arranged in three semi-detached blocks. Designs inspired by the locality and neighbouring buildings use materials of reclaimed stone and natural clay pantiles punctuated by simple, regular openings featuring traditional sliding sash windows.
Houses have roof mounted solar panels for water heating and use efficient air source heat recovery pumps for space heating. The pioneering integration of such technologies has been uppermost in Broadacres’ sustainable initiatives, especially in rural locations where access to mains gas for heating is limited.