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TRUTT & Parker’s most re­cent Hous­ing Fu­tures re­port found that vil­lages are be­com­ing ever more pop­u­lar among the coun­try’s home movers.

Re­search re­vealed that of re­spon­dents in­tend­ing to move, 21% cited a vil­lage as their pre­ferred lo­ca­tion, com­pared with 14% for a mar­ket town and only 12% for ei­ther a big city or a sub­urb.As more peo­ple move to the coun­try­side, there will be a need for de­vel­op­ers and lo­cal coun­cils to find ways to house them.

Strutt & Parker’s re­port con­sid­ers three pos­si­ble op­tions for the fu­ture of vil­lage hous­ing: pri­vate rented ac­com­mo­da­tion; high-qual­ity de­vel­op­ments for mixed age groups of­fer­ing a range of ameni­ties, and homes de­signed to pro­mote healthy life­styles, with stim­u­lat­ing spa­ces that make the most of the great out­doors.. HEAL stands for Healthy Eat­ing Ac­tive Liv­ing and this type of house is borne out of a de­sire to im­prove peo­ple’s liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

Since Sick Build­ing Syn­drome was iden­ti­fied in the 1970s, mostly in of­fice space, re­search has helped to guide the devel­op­ment of healthy work places.The same prin­ci­ples ap­ply to

THE GOOD LIFE: Trelawny in Wood­side Hill, Chalfont Heights is a hand­some1930s-built res­i­dence with five bed­rooms, four re­cep­tion rooms, three bath­rooms and a gym, sauna and in­door swim­ming pool com­plex. Guide price £1,895,000. Con­tact Roberts Newby, part of Strutt & Parker, on 01753 481788. ameni­ties and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences. Our sur­vey found that over a quar­ter of peo­ple (27%) would be happy to move into such a devel­op­ment.

Im­proved health, de­cent pen­sions and, gen­er­ally, more ac­tive life­styles in re­tire­ment mean many won’t be ready to set­tle down just yet.And as such, are look­ing for some­where to live that will al­low them to con­tinue their var­ied and ac­tive life. Plat­inum places could pro­vide the an­swer. hous­ing. Health is hap­pi­ness for many peo­ple, and mov­ing from the city to the coun­try­side can of­fer a bet­ter qual­ity of life. Re­search for Age­ing Bet­ter found that 52% put good health as their top pri­or­ity for later life, while half listed their health as the big­gest worry as they grew older.

To achieve a fit and healthy body and mind, many would con­sider a HEAL-type house.This was a pop­u­lar op­tion among re­spon­dents with 41% say­ing they would con­sider liv­ing in one. Gar­dens play a big part in stay­ing healthy. From grow­ing your own veg­eta­bles to the sim­ple act of gar­den­ing, get­ting your hands dirty is all part of the HEAL ethos.

For more in­sight into the UK hous­ing mar­ket, see the Knowl­edge and Re­search sec­tion of Strutt & Parker’s web­site: www. strut­tand­parker.com.

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