Rural Housing Design Mission: A Rural Ageing Population: How might we create Northumberland communities with the right housing in the right places?
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Over the past few months we have engaged with key stakeholders and surveyed local residents living in rural Northumberland, facing first hand rural housing problems and challenges.

Unsurprisingly, we have identified many challenges around a rapidly ageing population, connectivity, and the need for low carbon solutions.

The overall objective is to support rural Northumberland in achieving more balanced sustainable rural communities – meaning residents, visitors and tourists having easily accessible and integrated access to appropriate homes, services and facilities as well as an economically diverse population incorporating business and leisure.

With the following guiding principles:
Appropriate - To lifestyle, life stage, right size and last move
Integrated - Into services and communities
Sustainable - Carbon neutral and economically viable
Sociable - Balanced supportive connected community

On this webinar we would like to focus on further exploring what the challenges are of an ageing rural population and how rural housing can be improved for both the young and old of the rural ageing population.

We know Northumberland has a rapidly ageing population, with the number of people aged 65+ set to keep significantly rising but that doesn’t mean just building for old people.

We are asking companies, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to come together with key stakeholders and local rural residents to discuss and unpick challenges faced by rural communities to develop new concepts and ideas to address housing an ageing population.

This is a free event from 2-3.30pm also open to North East SMEs.