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Rural Housing Enablers

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High house prices in many rural areas cause problems for local people on low and average incomes. Young people are leaving villages to find homes they can afford and local facilities, such as schools and shops, are under threat.

Providing good quality rural affordable housing is a key priority for York, North Yorkshire & East Riding. This is a complex and often lengthy process and we have a team of Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) to ensure that resource and expertise is on hand for rural communities.

RHEs work with communities and partners to increase rural affordable housing to enable local people/workers on modest incomes to stay or return to their village. Developments of this kind can help villages to thrive. 

The RHEs work in the rural areas of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, East Riding and Selby, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. They offer free, impartial advice to support the development of affordable housing for local people. They offer step by step guidance and support to deliver new high quality housing that meet the needs of communities and fit in with the local environment. RHEs work with community and parish councils and have the skills and expertise to:

  • Undertake a parish wide survey to assess local housing need
  • Work with the Parish Council and others, such as housing associations, to explore ways of meeting identified housing need
  • Liaise with landowners and local authority housing and planning departments to identify possible sites
  • Facilitate community consultations
  • Help to secure funding for affordable housing
  • Act as an honest broker between parties as the project progresses, ensuring that the community is able to participate.

Working across North & East Yorkshire and sharing ideas and experiences, RHEs can put you in touch with communities who have developed rural affordable homes, arrange visits to give you a better understanding of the process and demonstrate the positive impact developments have had in communities similar to yours.

How Enablers can help

The programme is led by the North & East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network, chaired by Councillor Richard Foster and reporting to the Housing Board. Its membership comprises Local Authorities, North Yorkshire County Council, National Park Authority, Homes England, the Country Land & Business Association and partner Housing Associations. It is funded by an innovative model which includes contributions from Local Authorities, Housing Associations and National Parks.

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