Five more schemes in 2016/17

Once a year Cambridgeshire ACRE trustees and staff get together to review progress against the myriad of programmes and projects we run. We met in May and had a chance to discuss the successes and challenges facing the Cambridgeshire Rural Affordable Housing Partnership.

The partnership had another successful year in 2016/17 with five completed schemes and 68 affordable homes for local people delivered. The partnership has now delivered over 250 affordable homes in the last five years. Despite a degree of inertia created by changes to government funding and policy the pipeline of potential schemes remains strong.

The attached presentation highlights some of the key achievements and challenges – ACRE_presentation_CambsACREboard_2017-05-10.

Our rural affordable housing programme and Neighbourhood Planning service are increasingly intertwined as we tap into our partners expertise on housing issues to support Neighbourhood Planning groups.

We are also looking to better integrate our housing work with the Support Cambridgeshire programme. We have been reviewing feedback from the Support Cambridgeshire  surveys of parish councillors and clerks and will be running our Myth Buster Tour in Rural Housing Week in early July. More news soon……

Producing robust and influential rural housing needs surveys

The national network of Rural Housing Enablers has published new guidance of undertaking Housing Needs Surveys in rural communities. The document draws on their collective experience and sets down ten core principles that should underpin any local Housing Needs Survey. These are supported by a Q&A format discussion addressing a range of issues such as why are surveys carried out and what is included in them?

The guidance is endorsed by the Rural Housing Alliance.

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Q&A: Implications of the Housing & Planning Bill for rural affordable housing

Jo Lavis, Director of Rural Housing Solutions, has recently published a Q&A on the implications of the Housing & Planning Bill for rural affordable housing. The paper focuses on the proposed Right To Buy extension to Housing Associations and the Starter Homes initiative.

Many questions will remain unanswered until the Bill is finalised and the associated Regulations published. However, the paper highlights the critical impact that decisions still to be agreed could have on the ability of partners to develop and retain rural affordable housing.

Rural England QA on RtB and Starter Homes Nov 2015

Haddenham scheme officially opened

The latest rural exception scheme in Cambridgeshire was officially opened in September 2015 by local MP Lucy Frazer. The 24 dwelling scheme by Sanctuary, Northumbria Close, includes houses, bungalows and flats ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms. Applicants also have the choice of rental or shared ownership. As with all rural exception sites priority is given to households with a local connection to the parish.

24th Sept 2015: Sanctuary Housing - Lucy Frazer MP visits the recently completed rural development in Haddenham.

24th Sept 2015: Sanctuary Housing – Lucy Frazer MP visits the recently completed rural development in Haddenham.

24th Sept 2015: Sanctuary Housing - Lucy Frazer MP visits the recently completed rural development in Haddenham.

24th Sept 2015: Sanctuary Housing – Lucy Frazer MP visits the recently completed rural development in Haddenham.

24th Sept 2015: Sanctuary Housing - Lucy Frazer MP visits the recently completed rural development in Haddenham.

24th Sept 2015: Sanctuary Housing – Lucy Frazer MP visits the recently completed rural development in Haddenham.