The 2016 Rural Housing Week runs from 11-17 July. Keep an eye on http://www.housing.org.uk/get-involved/promoting-our-sector/rural-housing-week/ for news stories and other items of interest.
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.
The National Housing Federation has recently published their latest Home Truths report for the East of England. The report highlights that in parts of the rural Cambridgeshire districts house price to income ratios have reached a multiple of almost 10 (for example, 9.9 in South Cambridgeshire).
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.