With most houses in developments having the majority of their windows on the front and back, rather than the sides, it really makes no difference in terms of the house overheating between a north or south aspect.
Either the front of the house will be hot or the back. I wouldn't dismiss south facing cause you're worried about the back being hot, if you go north facing the front will be hot and vice versa.
The biggest drawbacks, as someone with a north facing garden, are:
1. No sun for the first ~10 feet outside the back door, but sun all day in the rest of the garden. Really it means you can't have your outdoor table right outside the back door.
2. Glare on the TV as the sitting room at the front of the house is super-bright.
3. Our bedroom is at the front of the house, so it gets warmed up all day.
Last edited by awec; 26-06-2020 at 10:52.