HAPPI 4 - Housing for People in Rural Areas launched

Lord Gardiner presenting HAPPI 4 at the House of Lords

Lord Gardiner presenting HAPPI 4 at the House of Lords

HAPPI 4, a report on Housing for Older People in Rural Areas, was launched at an event in the House of Lords yesterday which Richard attended as one of those who gave attendance. The report was produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People which is co-chaired by Lord Best and by Peter Aldous MP. The main speech was given by Lord Gardiner (pictured), the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs who emphasised the huge importance of initiatives to improve the lives of the very high number of older people living in the countryside, before he and Lord Best dashed off for the Brexit vote. Some interesting info-graphics emerging from the report are shown here.

 

MHCLG consultation response - Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market

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I chaired an interesting meeting yesterday with my Retirement Housing Group hat on to coordinate a sector response to the current MHCLG consultation on "Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market".

The proposals centre on the suggested need for a single housing ombudsman but there are other issues as well.

With representation from ARCO, RHG, Pegasus Life and McCarthy & Stone, plus two leads from MHCLG we had a very constructive meeting and hopefully raised government awareness of the specific issues relative to the Retirement Housing sector by a notch or two. 

 

Storrington wins gold for best landscaping in What House? Awards 2015

Storrington wins gold for best landscaping in What House? Awards 2015

We are delighted that our Orchard Gardens scheme in Storrington was recently awarded gold in the Best Landscape Design category at the What House? Awards 2015. The judges described it as 'an eloquent scheme sensitively designed and executed within a historic setting', and praised its 'elegant simplicity'. 

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