Design guide is launched by Prince Charles' Affordable Rural Housing Initiative.

The Prince of Wales has published a new guide to shake up rural housing design.

The Affordable Rural Housing Initiative, run by Business in the Community, has produced the design guide to highlight examples of best practice for developers, builders and local authorities.

Prince Charles highlighted the Two Castles Housing Association as an exceptional provider of good quality affordable, sustainable homes in rural communities.

The new guide is part of the Prince of Wales Affordable Rural Housing Initiative, which was launched in June 2003 with the aim of encouraging private builders and developers to provide affordable homes in rural communities throughout the UK.

Launching the guide in London, the Prince of Wales said: "It is only with affordable housing that we can help sustain our rural communities - providing homes for the local shopkeeper, teacher and farm worker."

Stephanie Murphy, chief executive of Two Castles Housing Association, said: "We are delighted that two of our developments have been hailed as examples of best practice - and hope that we can set a good example for other housing providers to follow.