Twelve new affordable homes have been completed in Steeple Aston, allowing a number of local families to remain in their community.
As Rural Housing Week is marked from June 30 to July 6, residents of Sovereign Housing Association’s new development at Coneygar Fields are celebrating moving into their new properties.
The 12 homes, ten for affordable rent and two for shared ownership, are intended for people who have a connection to the local area.
Among the new residents are Nikki and Amy Green, who moved into their four-bedroom house at Coneygar Fields with their five children in early June.
“It’s absolutely beautiful, having so much greenery around and knowing that our children have so much space to play in,” said Amy, 29, who has family in nearby Lower Heyford.
Nikki, 35, said: “It’s the quietness and the freedom. We’ve waited a long time, but this house is perfect, it has been worth it.” Amy, who works for South Central Ambulance Service, and Nikki, a former care worker who is currently out of work as a result of a degenerative knee condition, previously privately rented a three-bedroom house in Bicester.
Rural Housing Week, organised by the National Housing Federation, highlights the urgent need for more affordable housing in rural areas.