Richmondshire District Council celebrated its continuing success in providing new housing at a conference last week.
As well as exceeding its Local Plan housing targets for the last two years, 340 affordable homes have been created in the last seven years.
To mark the achievements the authority hosted an event at Scotch Corner with local MP, Rishi Sunak among the guests.
Delegates heard about developments in Spennithorne, Leyburn, Catterick Village, Richmond and Gilling West which have created not just affordable homes for local people but older persons accommodation and opportunities for people to own a new home of their own.
There has been unprecedented growth on sites at Catterick Garrison enabling many more young people and families to get into the property market at an affordable level; in the Yorkshire Dales National Park planning permission was granted for its largest development in the district - in West Witton; and. the first Community Led Housing scheme in North Yorkshire was completed in Hudswell.
“The event was all about highlighting our successes and promoting the importance of increasing innovative affordable housing schemes in rural areas,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.
“We heard about some of the innovative schemes being developed in Richmondshire – we are very proud of the work we are doing, especially when we see the first community led scheme in North Yorkshire open on our patch.”
The event was held with the support of Yorvik Homes, Community First Yorkshire and the CLA (Country Land and Business Association).