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

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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.

Rural Affordable Housing conference papers available

You can now access all the papers (where we have permission) from the Rural Affordable Housing conference we organised with the RTPI. We have also included a copy of the programme, speaker profiles and  conference report (as published in the RTPI newsletter The East of England Express, Summer 2015) . You will find everything under the ‘rural affordable housing conference’ tab.

Delegates at Rural Affordable Housing Conference

Delegates at Rural Affordable Housing Conference