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For the last 18 months, Buckley Gray Yeoman has been involved in two separate projects to develop new settlements in deprived rural areas of the UK. Although sustainability is at the forefront of the agenda for both schemes, the building design has not yet begun. The key issue is not building, but creating a sustainable social and economic environment where people can live and work, which will generate income that brings not only self-sufficiency, but economic benefits to the wider area. Buckley Gray Yeoman came to the attention of these clients through its revolutionary product, the Retreat.

This is a highly sustainable, contemporary timber house which can be bought from the factory for less than £60,000, including VAT. The clever twist to this product is that it is built on a chassis with wheels and complies with the Caravan Act.

As a 'caravan', the unit overcomes many planning obstacles.

Each one is built to a full residential standard, and Buckley Gray Yeoman is keen to promote them as a solution to rural housing and other residential issues which are facing many parts of the UK and Europe. Retreats are being built in the UK to tackle sustainability not only through construction but also land-use. They meet the demands and aspirations of society by offering an innovative, sustainable solution.

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