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:


Affordable housing scheme wins major award
13 October 2017
Chagford’s efforts to provide local homes for local people in a ‘groundbreaking’ scheme including a new fire station have received a prestigious award. (Times Gazette)

Summit to tackle lack of affordable homes
18 October 2017
A housing summit has been held at Gressenhall Farm to tackle the issue of a lack of affordable homes in rural communities. (EDP24)

Rural homes cost 20% more than in cities
29 September 2017
Home buyers can expect to pay a premium of more than £44,000 for a countryside retreat, a report has found. (The Independent)

Ceremony marks opening of affordable homes scheme
19 October 2017
The latest development in a scheme to provide much needed affordable rural housing will be opened in Skegness next week. (Skegness Standard)

New housing planned on former farm site
12 October 2017
An outline application for a new housing development in a rural north Northumberland village has been submitted to the county council. (Northumberland Gazette)

Affordable homes approved in Peak District
20 October 2017
The Peak District National Park Authority has approved plans for new affordable homes to be built in Winster. (Sheffield Telegraph)

Villagers urged to voice opposition
13 October 2017
A COMMUNITY group has urged rural residents to express their objections to two planning applications at a parish council meeting. (Newbury Today)

Housing plan rejected by Cheshire East
11 October 2017
PLANS for a controversial housing development on a historic estate near Nantwich have been refused by Cheshire East councillors. (Crewe Chronicle)

Plan for 76 homes in rural village
5 September 2017
Detailed plans to transform a historic business park into a housing estate in a rural village have been revealed. (Macclesfield Express)

Affordable housing plan gets green light
7 September 2017
A planning bid for 93 homes in a rural Lancashire village has been given the green light. (Lancashire Post)


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