Rural Housing Week, coordinated by the National Housing Federation, ran from 11 – 17 July and aimed to raise awareness of the economic and social impact that a lack of affordable housing can have on rural communities. Events took place across the country to support the week with a key focus being the annual national Rural Housing Conference held in London on 12 July.
Chaired by Countryfile's Tom Heap, the 2016 Rural Housing Conference was a sell out. The audience heard from the National Housing Federation's Chief Executive, David Orr, Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe, Councillor Heather Kidd representing the Local Government Association and Baroness Williams of Trafford. Focusing on how to get things done and make a difference, workshop sessions were held covering rural development, community involvement, modern construction techniques and young people. The conference was wrapped with a discussion forum featuring, among others, Lord Taylor of Gossmoor and Jake Berriman, chair of the Rural Housing Alliance.
There was a strong call from the conference to enable social rent to be part of the government's funded affordable homes programme and for the recently imposed threshold of 10 units for private housing schemes before affordable homes are required to be lifted.
Details of all presentations made at the conference will be available shortly on the National Housing Federation website via this link.