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How can we help your Community?    North & East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enablers LogoNorth & East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enablers Logo

The Rural Housing Enabler for your area will work closely with your community and parish council. By working with local people and housing associations we help provide affordable housing to enable local people on modest incomes to stay in their village and sustain communities. A key tool for delivering these homes is the Rural Exception Site policy outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework. This allows affordable housing to be developed on sites within or immediately adjacent to villages that would not otherwise be permitted, provided that it meets a proven local need. Such schemes must be sympathetic to the the character of a village and remain affordable for local people.

We work across North & East Yorkshire, sharing ideas and experiences. Our enablers can put you in touch with other rural communities who have already developed rural affordable schemes and arrange visits to help you pick up tips to develop the best scheme for your community.

Hear from one of the people who has benefited from our work in the video below:

Getting the news out into communities

The North & East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enablers ensure that partners and local residents are aware of the work that is being carried out in their area through local press releases and stories as well as providing news on local schemes opportunities to increase awareness of rural affordable housing.

The Rural Services Network, in partnership with the Rural Housing Alliance, published a new Affordable Housing Guide for Parish Councils in December 2014 which is a useful guide for Parish Councillors interesting in considering affordable housing provision. Click here to view the guide.

If you are a local landowner who may be interested in offering your land for a rural affordable housing scheme we would like to hear from you. Please see our call for land leaflet or contact your local rural housing enabler

Examples of Rural Affordable Housing Schemes

The links below contain more information about rural affordable housing developments in North Yorkshire


Garrs End Lane, Grassington

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