The Village Is Winning The People's Vote When It Comes To Moving
09 May 2016

When it comes to moving, a new report suggests that the village is increasingly becoming the location type of choice among UK house hunters.

While many people may be focussed on commuter towns or cities close to their place of work, a research into housing trends has revealed a desire to move to amenity-rich rural locations.

According to the research, the are a number of factors which are shaping the village revival, including:

- 21 per cent of survey respondents who are moving home said that they wanted to live in a village, making it the most popular type of location, compared to 14 per cent for a market town and only 12 per cent for either a big city or a suburb.

- Broadband and mobile connections are essential to rural life. Access to broadband was a key factor for almost half (49 per cent) of those intending to move to a village, while 38 per cent highlighted mobile connectivity as important.

- Ease of access – 60 per cent of respondents intending to move to a village wanted to be able to walk to shops, 48 per cent placed importance on local transport and 45 per cent on medical facilities.

And with Linden Homes North boasting a number of popular developments in carefully chosen and desirable village locations around the region, it seems that there has never been a better time to be part of the revival.

Linden Homes sales director Steve Woomble said: “This research certainly makes encouraging reading, and tells us as a developer things that we believe have been putting into practice for some time – carefully selecting our development locations to enable those moving there to enjoy many aspects of village life – from the community engagement perspective to being able to make sure of the many on-the-doorstep facilities and the tranquil surroundings.

“The better broadband and mobile connections, as well as improve road and public transport connections, are also positives for home hunters.”

According to DEFRA, in 2013/14, the UK saw net internal migration of 60,000 people to predominantly rural areas in England. The influence that technology is having on shopping, communications and working habits is helping to transform villages and the type of people who want to live in them.


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