A record 405 new affordable homes were built in rural areas of North and East Yorkshire in 2017/18 – bringing the total to 1,155 over the past six years.
It was also the highest ever number built in one year since the programme began in 2011.
Of these 76 were in National Parks, 268 were for rent and the remainder were for low cost home ownership and intermediate rent. Thirty seven of the homes were delivered directly by local authorities; and 60 were part of a new Extra Care housing development in Helmsley, in the North York Moors National Park.
Announcing the figures at the start of Rural Housing Week (1- 5 July) Councillor Richard Foster, Chair of the Rural Housing Enabler Network and the Housing Board said: “I am very happy to see such a large number of new rural affordable homes delivered by our Housing Association and Local Authority partners, with the vital support of the Rural Housing Enabler team.
“Our unique partnership means we are able to provide enhanced support to our rural communities and other partners to develop good quality affordable homes in a variety of ways. In future years, we look forward to seeing new homes delivered by communities themselves and to working with those groups to continue to meet the housing needs of rural communities.”
Local authorities in North and East Yorkshire, the North York Moors National Park and 16 Housing Association partners continue to fund the programme as the Housing Board works with partners against an aim to triple the overall supply of new affordable homes across the area. This year it has also worked with rural communities to help them understand the role that community led housing might play in meeting local housing needs – this work will continue in 2019/20.
For more information on the network visit the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Strategic Housing Partnership website.