Will more people move to the countryside?

How will our experiences of lockdown influence future living – and what might this mean for rural places?

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More people are seeing their home as their office:

Working from home becomes the norm – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Which means they no longer need to go to work in city centres:

Decentralization and technology-enabled home working – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And if most things can be done remotely, this means more are looking to move well away from where they used to work – as looked at by Jessica Sellick, writing for the Rural Services Network, where she asks several helpful questions:

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ARE MORE PEOPLE LOOKING TO ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE?

Living through lockdown has left many of us rethinking our homes, and where we live, in ways we may never have imagined. When your entire life takes place within the confine of the walls of your home, how much space you have and what that space looks like takes on new meaning. During lockdown some people have missed their home – or rather coming home – as it’s been turned into a workplace or school rather than a place of calm and relaxation. As we look to a new normal how will we incorporate our new habits, hobbies, working patterns and lifestyles into our homes? For some, COVID has triggered a reappraisal of city dwelling. How will our experiences of lockdown influence future living – and what might this mean for rural places?

Firstly, we know more people have been searching for, and looking at, rural properties online…

Secondly, more people are working differently and thinking about how and where they work… 

Thirdly, will we see greener and more energy efficient homes in the countryside?…

Fourthly, will we see more homes being built in the countryside?…

Are more people looking to escape to the countryside? – Rural Services Network

   
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