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:


Planning shake-up will help keep farms in the family
7 March 2018
Theresa May’s proposed shake-up of Britain’s planning regulations represents a sea-change in its attitudes to rural communities, the Country Land and Business Association has said. (Yorkshire Post)

Charities highlight lack of rural housing
4 March 2018
Housing developers are using a legal loophole to dodge building affordable homes across the south west's countryside. (Swindon Advertiser)

Draft NPPF opens up development opportunities
The new draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) could allow more development outside existing rural settlements. (Planning Resource)

Beware rural housing push, warns agricultural valuer
11 February 2018
THE government’s drive for more house building could help with rural housing struggles – but landowners need to be aware of the effects of the new reforms, says a professional body (Westmorland Gazette)

Shan takes lead role at housing association
18 February 2018
A former bank clerk whose career took off after she changed course because she wanted to work with people and help improve lives is now responsible for thousands of family homes.
(Cambrian News)

Plans for 40,000 affordable homes revealed
9 February 2018
Up to 40,000 new affordable homes are set to be built in Cambridgeshire over the next 20 years, an alliance of housing associations has said. (The Hunts Post)

Local residents fail to prevent village housing
2 March 2018
An outline scheme of up to 93 houses and a medical centre is allowed on farmland outside a Lancashire rural service centre village. (Planning Resource)

Community-led housing obtains £1m boost
7 February 2018
The Nationwide Foundation is awarding over £1m to support the growth of community-led housing. (PBC Today)

What young people really think of second homes tax
26 February 2018
Second home ownership is fuelling the rural housing debate in Yorkshire. (Yorkshire Post)

Plans for rural affordable housing Northamptonshire
6 February 2018
A housing association is planning to build more than 30 affordable homes in villages across the county this year. (Northamptonshire Telegraph)

Rural communities 'denied affordable housing as developers exploit loophole'
7 March 2018
Housing developers are using a legal loophole to dodge building affordable homes, say Shelter and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. (Ekklesia)

Heritage asset retained in rural housing plan
20 February 2018
The future of a historic house in rural Preston has been secured as part of a new development plan. (Lancashire Post)


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