02 July 2018


At the start of national Rural Housing Week, the North Yorkshire & East Riding Rural Housing Enablers, in partnership with their Registered Provider partners, have announced today that they have exceeded their annual target for new rural affordable homes, with 175 homes completed. This takes the Rural Housing Enabler Programme’s delivery of new rural affordable homes to almost 1,000 over the last 7 years, an average of 138 per year.

The North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network and its partners, exceeded their annual target of 100, providing 103 for rent and the remaining 72 for low cost home ownership. This success will be celebrated during national Rural Housing Week from 2 to 6 July including:

  • 2nd July – Small Site Extravaganza at Sun Pavilion, Crescent Gardens at Harrogate (5.00-7.00pm). Landowners and agents are invited to meet officers to find out how to make the most of their sites.
  • 4th July – Craven District Council are holding a business seminar at Broughton Hall, aimed at small developers, landowners and estates. The event will look at the addressing problems that small builders encounter and how the Council could work with them to overcome some of these, including looking at self build and community led housing.
  • 5th July – Selby District Council are holding a Tour of Rural Exception Sites to raise awareness and promote the work of the Rural Housing Enabler.
  • 6th July – Official opening of Mill Fields in Sheriff Hutton, Ryedale by Lord Richard Best, celebrating 12 new homes on a Rural Exception Site, developed by York Housing Association.

Announcing the figures ahead of Rural Housing Week, Councillor Richard Foster, who Chairs the Rural Housing Enabler Network and the 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 Enabler team.

“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 celebrating national Rural Housing Week across North and East Yorkshire and supporting more communities in the future.”

This work will continue with a further funding for the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler programme by the Housing Board. The Board works with key partners (Councils, National Parks, North Yorkshire County Council and 17 Housing Associations) and rural communities to meet local housing needs to ensure that our rural communities and economies continue to thrive.

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For more information on national Rural Housing Week

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