Revolutionising rural housing: The launch of a groundbreaking design guide

July 9, 2024

Our Executive Director, Keith Halstead, attended the launch of “A Design Guide: Building Tomorrow’s Rural Communities” during Rural Housing Week. The publication, officially endorsed by the Patron of the English Rural Housing Association, HRH The Princess Royal, aims to transform the approach to affordable housing in rural communities.

The Design Guide is more than just a publication; it represents a strong commitment to addressing the rural housing crisis. With a call to action in a Foreword by HRH The Princess Royal, and expert contributions from Martin Collett, Jo Lavis and other respected rural advocates, alongside captivating illustrations by architectural illustrator and author, Matthew Rice, this guide offers hope to communities in need of affordable, attractive homes that integrate with the local landscape.

RCF’s Executive Director, Keith Halstead with the Design Guide’s illustrator, Matthew Rice.

The guide offers a practical framework for creating thriving, inclusive, and sustainable rural communities that meet the diverse needs of residents whilst respecting the unique character of the countryside.

Whether you are a rural housing professional, an architect, a community leader, or someone who believes in the importance of affordable, beautiful homes, this guide is an essential resource for shaping the future of rural housing.

Read the Design Guide here.