Richmondshire District Council

New rural affordable homes created

A bumper crop of new rural affordable homes has been created in North and East Yorkshire – three times more than the target of 100.

A record 370 homes were completed in the 12 months to April, thanks to work by the North Yorkshire and East Riding Rural Housing Enablers and their housing association partners.

Of those 199 were for rent, 139 for shared ownership, 18 for discount market sale and 14 other types of affordable housing delivered.

As part of Rural Housing Week 2020, the success is being marked in the Rural Housing Network’s new annual report which features case studies on some of the new homes:

Councillor Richard Foster, of the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) Housing Board said: “I am really encouraged to see such a large number of new rural affordable homes delivered this year by our housing association and local authority partners with the vital support of our Rural Housing Enablers. 

“This unique partnership provides additional support to rural communities and partners to provide high quality affordable homes to meet the needs of rural communities. We look forward to supporting more communities in the future.”

He said the work will continue with further funding for the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler programme approved by the YNYER Housing Board in February 2020. The board works with key partners (seven councils, two National Parks, North Yorkshire County Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and 18 Housing Associations) and rural communities to meet local housing needs to ensure that our rural communities and economies continue to thrive.

Conversion of the Askrigg Foundation into affordable homes
Askrigg Foundation conversion into affordable homes
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