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:


Hidden homelessness in the countryside

26 July 2017

More needs to be done to acknowledge homelessness in rural areas, says Charlotte Snelling. (Inside Housing)


Right To Home? Homelessness In England’s Rural Areas

10 July 2017

Idyllic images of the countryside and nostalgic ideas about village communities can present rural life as ‘the dream’. (Huff Post)


Government support for affordable homes

18 July 2017

The Scottish Government has committed to the construction of affordable housing at the Findhorn Foundation. (Forres Gazette)


People urged to lobby against rural housing

17 July 2017

Campaigners fighting to protect the Norfolk countryside have urged people to lobby against thousands more homes being earmarked for the county. (Eastern Daily Press)


CLA survey shows 'countryside matters'

3 August 2017

New polling shows that the British public clearly back continued funding to preserve and manage the countryside. (Smallholder)


Harrogate Council: More housing vital to help district

1 September 2017

Harrogate Borough Council has hit back as controversy heats up over plans for new housing across the district as part of its latest Local Plan. (Harrogate Advertiser)


Concerns build over housing plans

23 August 2017

Plans to build hundreds of new homes on farmland have sparked a backlash from neighbours. (Lancashire Evening Post)


Residents blame immigrants for housing crisis

17 August 2017

Residents of both Cambridge and the Fens nearby blame housing shortages on immigration, a new report reveals. (Cambridge News)


Rural homes get go-ahead despite safety fears

25 August 2017

Plans for 40 houses in a mid Suffolk village have been granted planning permission, despite safety and congestion concerns. (East Anglian Daily Times)


Rural Wales plan could transform economy

9 July 2017

A DEDICATED rural Wales plan aimed at boosting skills could have a massive impact on north Pembrokeshire’s economy, it has been claimed. (County Echo)


Call to arms over massive housing plan

24 August 2017

Residents of the small village of Sutton are gearing up for a battle over housing plans. (Biggleswade Today)


Garden villages 'not answer to housing crisis'

30 August 2017

CAMPAIGNERS have hit back at claims garden communities are the best way to solve the “hidden” homeless problem in North Essex. (Braintree & Witham Times)


Unlocking digital potential
A consultation on 'Unlocking Rural Britain's Digital Potential' has been launched. More details here

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