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.


Dorset schemes to benefit from housing plans

7 July 2017

NEW Government schemes to drive the economy could be ‘hugely beneficial’ to Dorset’s transport and communication links. (Dorset Echo)


Report calls for 'city deal' support for Welsh rural areas

6 July 2017

Rural Wales requires the equivalent of the city deals for the Cardiff and Swansea regions, insists a new report. (The Planner)


Record number of affordable homes in rural North Yorkshire

1 July 2017

A RECORD number of affordable homes have been built in rural North Yorkshire in the last 12 months. (Darlington & Stockton Times)


Housing scheme wins top rural industry prize

9 July 2017

THE Highlands’ newest town has received plaudits at a recent awards ceremony. (The Inverness Courier)


'Build more densely to save what's left of Oxford's Green Belt'

7 July 2017

Campaigners have urged planners to build more densley in Oxford – claiming that increased density could halt the destruction of Green Belt land. (Banbury Cake)


Experts tell Nimbys: Tory housing plan could make your rural home MORE valuable

7 July 2017

A senior minister's proposal to build tens of thousands of homes in wealthy rural areas will affect the value of your home – but perhaps not in the way you might expect. (The Telegraph)


Rural areas at risk unless government acts on housing and austerity

6 July 2017

Rural areas in England could become ‘enclaves of the affluent’ unless the government tackles the lack of affordable housing and the impact of austerity on local services, says a group of national organisations. (The Planner)


Rural campaigners lobby for boost in affordable homes

6 July 2017

The Rural Coalition has called on the government to introduce an “ambitious annual target” for new affordable homes in rural areas. (Inside Housing)


Housing association uses pedal power to celebrate Rural Housing Week

6 July 2017

COLLEAGUES from South Lakeland's largest social landlord have been getting on their bikes to celebrate Rural Housing Week (July 3 to 7). (The Westmorland Gazette)


Planning rules are a barrier to solving rural housing crisis

5 July 2017

Half of landowners believe there is a rural housing crisis in their community but are being put off building new homes on their land by a complex, risky and inflexible planning system. (Farmers Weekly)


Landowners want better support to ease rural housing crisis

5 July 2017

Almost two-thirds of landowners would build new homes to tackle the rural housing crisis – if they had more faith in local planning authorities, according to a study. (Yorkshire Post)


Most new Green Belt homes ‘out of reach of ordinary buyers’

3 July 2017

Plans for a major house-building drive on the Green Belt will do little to ease the chronic shortage of affordable properties across the country, according to a report. (iNews)


Summit for landowners looking to help tackle the rural housing crisis

6 June 2017

A conference will be held for landowners willing to play their part in solving the rural housing crisis next month. (Property Investor)


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