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.
A new summary report, Valuing the Village, has been published which highlights how Social Landlords support the rural economy and communities. The full report is due to be launched at National Housing Federation conference in September.
The Myth Buster Tour avoided the showers yesterday to visit some rural housing schemes recently completed in South Cambridgeshire. You can view the programme to see where we went.
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.
We are repeating our highly successful ‘Myth Buster’ tour from last year. The tour will start and finish at South Cambridgeshire DC offices in Cambourne and take in a number of rural exception sites nearby. We’ll even find time to stop off in a local pub for lunch.
The trip is designed to dispel some of the myths that perpetuate about affordable housing in villages. You’ll be able to judge for yourself at first hand how schemes have blended into their village setting. We’re also hoping, in response to feedback from last year’s tour, to be able to go inside a house in a recently completed scheme (subject to timing). There will be senior staff from South Cambridgeshire DC and local Housing Associations present throughout the tour to discuss the schemes visited and address any broader questions you have about rural affordable housing.
The tour is free but places are limited. We have room for 12 parish councillors (one per council) on the coach. You can find out more about the programme by reading the flier – Tour Flier_2015.
Follow the link to book a place – http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/mythbuster.
You can also see some photos from last year’s tour below.
The Rural Housing Policy Review Group, Chaired by Lord Richard Best OBE DL, launched its report – A Fair Deal for Rural Communities – at the House of Lords on Monday 23 February.
The Review Group was set up to consider whether progress has been made in taking forward the clear recommendations from the series of excellent reports into affordable rural housing published in the last decade. The clear conclusion is that the next generation of people who need to live and work in rural communities face a tougher future than ever.
With two thirds of rural-based people thinking politicians do not care about the issue of providing affordable housing in rural areas this report has some clear messages for the policy makers in advance of the general election.
Locally, Cambridgeshire ACRE facilitates the Cambridgeshire Affordable Rural Housing Partnership, which brings together local authorities and housing associations to tackle the issue of affordable rural housing in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s rural communities.