Rural Housing Week to be marked in North Yorkshire

A programme which has seen more than 120 affordable homes built in rural North Yorkshire in the last 12 months will be celebrated later this year.

Rural Housing Week will bring together local authorities, professional bodies and housing providers for a week of events across the county.

The North Yorkshire Strategic Housing Partnership is hosting the Rural Housing Week from October 1 - 5 to highlight the success of the rural housing enabler programme which delivered 126 new rural affordable homes last year – and has another 96 earmarked for completion within the next ten months.

The week will see the latest rural housing scheme to be completed – six homes in Swainby, north-east of Northallerton – officially opened and visits to numerous developments.

And it will close at a special event with primary schoolchildren in Osmotherley – a village where 12 affordable homes are under construction.

The week is being supported by Registered Providers, the Homes and Communities Agency, the National Housing Federation and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Housing organisations and providers, government agencies, parish councils, experts, landowners, councillors and communities from across North Yorkshire are being invited to take part in the weeks of events.

“Rural Housing Week will promote the successes we have had in delivering affordable housing across North Yorkshire,” said Coun Richard Foster, chairman of the North Yorkshire RHE Network. 

“We have enabled many local families to remain – or return – to the villages they grew up in. Our schemes have also seen many extended families formed, providing care and support for young and old residents alike, and keeping rural villages sustainable. With this support many have been able to take up local employment helping to sustain local Post Office and village shops and maintaining school rolls.  Through rural affordable housing we are seeing our communities thriving rather than becoming ageing dormitories with no young families.” 

l For more information on Rural Housing Week email northyorksruralhousing@hambleton.gov.uk.

The North Yorkshire Strategic Housing Partnership brings together Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and City of York councils.