Our affordable housing schemes are designed to minimise impact on local communities and the landscape and, where possible, buildings are sited to reduce overlooking and promote privacy. Houses are also designed to complement the local style, for example the use of local stone and slate during the build.

Two Castles Housing Association actively engages with the community by communicating and consulting with residents, local councillors, tenant associations and other stakeholders to provide information on our proposals. This is through methods including leaflets, public exhibitions and on our website for interested parties to view, depending on the size and nature of the scheme.

Caldrigg Fold, Staveley
At Caldrigg Fold in Staveley, we developed ten high quality, affordable homes for rent to meet the local need, but were tasked with designing the scheme to fit with guidelines laid down by the local planning authority so that the scheme complemented local surroundings. Local residents were consulted and subsequently invited to an exhibition detailing our proposals.

Existing properties in the village were primarily simple cottages so, at the suggestion of the planners, we incorporated touches such as slate roofs to suit the locality including spar ends and gutters, mock chimneys and roughcast render. Landscaping was open plan to integrate the homes with the rural surroundings.

This was a sensitive location and Two Castles maintained an excellent relationship with planners throughout, which was essential to successful delivery of this high quality scheme.