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News: Work progressing at rural homes in Malborough

Work progressing at rural homes in Malborough

Monday 30 June, 2014

[Press release from the developers - DCH]

Its rural housing week this week and DCH are highlighting our current work in delivering new homes in rural areas where there is housing need. Attached is a press release and some images regarding work progressing at our new housing scheme in Malborough.

Work is progressing on site at DCH’s new homes in Alston Gate, Malborough, which will provide 17 new homes for affordable rent, shared ownership and open market sale. As part of The National Housing Federations’ Rural Housing Week, DCH are celebrating the first roofs going on the new homes at the £2.5million rural scheme which is due to be fully completed this winter.

Rural Housing Week aims to raise awareness of the value of affordable housing in keeping local communities and villages alive and Malborough is an example of DCH’s commitment to delivering rural housing where there is need. The 2-acre biodiversity area at the scheme is also progressing with ground being prepared ready for the planting of the 2-acre orchard from August which will provide a great space for wildlife, and support the local character of the rural landscape.    

Richard Connolly Group Development Director DCH said: “DCH are delighted to have reached this milestone for this important rural scheme and for the village of Malborough and look forward to the first residents moving into their new homes in winter. Increasingly across the region high house prices and a lack of affordable housing makes finding a new home harder than ever. However our new homes in Malborough are another example of where we are working in Devon to meet the need for new homes and our commitment to investing in local communities.”

Figures released by the National Housing Federation to mark Rural Housing Week show rural areas have become some of the least affordable places to live in the country. On average house prices in rural areas are 11 times the average salary[i], meaning potential homebuyers working in these areas would need to see wages rise by a staggering 150% to afford a home. For more information, please visit: