Can you design the houses of the future?

Pupils from East Wittering Primary School and Councillor Carol Purnell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning at Chichester District Council, launch the Design a Rural Home for the Future competition.
Pupils from East Wittering Primary School and Councillor Carol Purnell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning at Chichester District Council, launch the Design a Rural Home for the Future competition.

CHILDREN are being invited to showcase their artistic talents by designing a rural home for the future.

The youngsters will compete to create the best plan for an affordable house, perfect for future generation.

The competition, which was launched on Tuesday by Chichester District Council ahead of national Rural Housing Week, which runs from June 10-16, is open to all Key Stage 2 pupils in the Chichester district.

“The pupils’ designs can be as creative and futuristic as they want,” says Carol Purnell, cabinet member for housing and planning at Chichester District Council.

“The aim of our competition is to get young people thinking about what homes in our district could look like when they grow up.

“We want them to think about where we live, housing design and how our surroundings affect our daily lives.”

Nine pupils from East Wittering Primary School helped to launch the competition when they visited a new rural housing development site of 17 homes in the village.

The winning young designer will win £50 worth of art and design equipment vouchers for themselves and £200 worth of vouchers for their school. The council is running the competition in conjunction with the Hyde Group and Austins builders.

The competition runs until Wednesday, July 24.

If you are a teacher and would like your class take part in the competition please contact Cathy Hakes, the council’s rural housing enabler, on email at chakes@chichester.gov.uk or call 01243 534699.