We’re marking the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Rural Housing Week with the announcement of 17 new homes in the village of Langford, just south of Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, exclusively for those over the age of 55.

This new scheme, called Meadow View, will provide a mixture of 11 one and two bedroomed bungalows for affordable rent and six one and two bedroomed houses and bungalows for shared ownership, with the first units ready in November and the remainder to be completed in December 2017.

GUHG’s Head of New Business and Development, Dave Lakin, said: “We are aware that limited options exist for older households looking to downsize. A recent report by property group Savills highlighted that the housing needs of older households are not being met by the open market and suggested that social landlords should create homes that are more attractive to older people.

“Our new scheme at Meadow View is solely for those over the age of 55 and includes six shared ownership homes, ideal for those older households who might wish to downsize.”

This is the second downsizer scheme developed by GUHG. The first nearing completion in King’s Sutton, South Northamptonshire, was so popular that all 10 apartments were reserved off plan during construction.

“Both schemes are in village locations and are offering over 55s a downsizing option, which does not generally exist. The feedback we have received has been very positive and we can see our new homes are offering a product people want to live in, as well as freeing up family sized housing for others.”

The NHF is joining with housing associations, including GUHG, to celebrate Rural Housing Week which runs from 3 to 7 July highlighting housing issues in rural communities.