Richmondshire District Council

Record number of rural affordable homes

A record 174 new rural affordable homes were built in north and east Yorkshire in the last 12 months – bringing to total to 750 over the past six years.

The North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network and its partners which delivered the homes, exceeded their annual target of 100.  Of the 174, 31 were in National Parks, 155 for rent and the remaining 19 for low cost home ownership.

They included homes in Hutton Rudby, Grassington and Helmsley

Announcing the figures ahead of Rural Housing Week (July 3 – 7) Councillor Richard Foster, Chair of the Rural Housing Enabler Network and the Housing Board said: “I am very pleased 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 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 future years, we hope to see additional new homes delivered by communities themselves and we look forward to working with those groups to continue to meet the housing needs of rural communities.”

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Housing Board approved a new Rural Housing Enabler programme to run from 2015 to 2018.  Local authorities in North Yorkshire, the North York Moors National Park and 16 Housing Association partners continue to fund the programme as the housing board works with partners to 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 2017/18.

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