Long Compton event marks Rural Housing Week

Dorothy and Robert Heeks are so happy with their brand new home in Long Compton that they were delighted to be joined by Warwickshire Rural Housing Association Board members, colleagues and partners at a special event during Rural Housing Week.

The couple are living proof that housebuilding in rural areas is helping individuals and families to remain in the villages they know and love.  Having been married for 54 years, Dorothy and Robert are now looking forward to living out their retirement in Long Compton.

They recently moved into a two-bedroom bungalow on our newest development at Weston Court after deciding the time had come to downsize.

With house prices and private rents soaring in Warwickshire’s villages, forcing local people to move away, WRHA has offered a lifeline to local people, such as the Heeks.

Five homes for affordable rent and four for local market sale have been developed at Weston Court.  It is the first completed scheme which has been borne out of the Long Compton Neighbourhood Plan which aims to give local people more say in the future of where they live.

Dorothy, aged 76, says: “I have lived in Long Compton all my life and my husband has lived here since we got married.  I couldn’t imagine leaving the village after all this time but we really needed somewhere without stairs.  We’re absolutely thrilled with our new home.”