Rural Housing

This area includes news stories and information about rural housing services with information about the Rural Housing Network



Rural Housing AllianceThe Rural Housing Alliance, which works in partnership with the Rural Services Network and National Housing Federation, is a group of housing associations that develop and manage affordable homes in rural areas across England. Our aim is to work together to share innovation, good practice and ideas, advocate the need for affordable rural homes and provide a unified voice on key issues.

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Housing is consistently rated as one of the top challenges facing rural communities across the country. The Rural Services Network is keen to provide an opportunity for its members to channel their concerns, highlight good practice and share thoughts on this critical area. This Rural Housing Spotlight is one mechanism for doing just that.



Building Rural Communities Landowners Conference

Being held on the 16 October 2017

Housing associations recognise the importance of affordable housing in rural areas – and the positive impact that it can have. That's why we have an ambition to increase current housing supply in rural areas by 6% per year over the next five years

For more information and to book a place on this Conference click here


Latest headlines:


Rural housing prices exclude young people 

8 December 2017
RURAL areas are heading for decline as a lack of affordable housing is driving households away, a report says. (Darlington & Stockton Times)

Village play area brings community together
7 December 2017
New fitness equipment has been installed in Wootton Wawen thanks to funding provided as part of a new affordable housing development.
(Redditch Advertiser)

Affordable homes needed to protect rural communities
13 November 2017
More affordable housing in rural areas could prevent towns and villages across England from slipping into decline, says the National Housing Federation. (Inside Housing)

New homes rush risks ‘protected’ areas
15 November 2017
Best-loved landscapes are being buried under bricks and concrete, say environmental campaigners. (iNews)

Housing outline approved for rural Presto
10 November 2017
A major housing development forming part of the North West Preston masterplan has passed its first planning hurdle. (Lancashire Post)

Rural communities can build own homes
10 November 2017
Rural communities in Northumberland are being encouraged to take the lead on developing affordable homes in their area. (Northumberland Gazette)

Just a handful of houses ‘could save villages’
14 November 2017
Building just a few affordable homes for young families in rural areas could halt the cycle of decline in Yorkshire’s most isolated villages, according to a new study. (Yorkshire Post)

Use it or lose it message from CLA
6 November 2017
Local authorities must allow traditional farm buildings to be sympathetically adapted for other uses or important rural heritage will be lost, says the County Land and Business Association (Island Echo).

Family given ‘fresh start’ thanks to housing association
18 November 2017
A Risby mother-of-two says she “has been given a new start” thanks to a housing association scheme in the west Suffolk village. (EADT)

Government grant for community-led housing schemes
3 November 2017
More than £1.3million is now available to provide more community homes across Northumberland thanks to a Government grant. (Northumberland Gazette)


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