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Burneston almshouses to be refurbished for affordable housing

It has been reported in Hambleton Today, that work will get underway later this month on a scheme that will see historic buildings in a Hambleton village undergo a £640,000 refurbishment to create affordable homes for local people.

A partnership between local charity The Matthew Robinson Trust and Broadacres Housing Association will result in two almshouses built in 1680, along with a former schoolmasters’ house and school room, being remodelled into new, modern homes in Burneston.

Burnestone AlmshousesBurnestone Almshouses

It follows an approach from the Hambleton Rural Housing Enabler Amanda Madden, who is responsible for kick-starting new rural housing developments in local communities.

Once completed later this year, the homes will be let to people with a connection to the village or surrounding area.

Broadacres is providing its professional services to support The Matthew Robinson Trust in realising its vision of restoring the buildings which are situated in the heart of the village.

This has included local consultation, submitting the necessary planning applications, making applications for funding, and choosing the contractor for the refurbishment.

The full story can be found on the Hambleton Today website by clicking here. 


We miss being able to meet with you in person and hope that you find this round up from across the patch
useful. We have scheduled dates for two virtual meetings of the Rural Housing Network this year in May and November. 

In these challenging times, the RHE Team continue to work with local communities and partners to deliver new affordable homes, either through Rural Exception or Section 106 sites, or Community Led Housing projects, and there were 212 rural affordable housing completions at the end of quarter 3. Please get in touch with us if there is anything that we can help you with, from Housing Needs Surveys to site identification and pre-application advice - we’d love to hear from you.

The RHE Programme for 20/21 has now delivered 212 completed affordable homes up to the end of
December 2020. This compares to 285 completed homes at the same time last year. The majority of
the homes delivered are for affordable rent (144), with 62 for shared ownership. A total of 18 Registered
Providers and some local authorities make up the list of partners that have delivered homes to date.
Together, by the end of the financial year, we are forecasting 371 completions - which is in line with last
year’s total of 370 completions. Considering the many challenges that partners have faced during the
pandemic this is really encouraging news.

You can view our full round up along with updates from across the relevant patches by clicking here. 


A bumper crop of new rural affordable homes has been created in North and East Yorkshire – three times more than the target of 100.

A record 370 homes were completed in the 12 months to April – thanks to work by the North Yorkshire and East Riding Rural Housing Enablers and their housing association partners.

Of those 199 were for rent, 139 for shared ownership, 18 for discount market sale and 14 other types of affordable housing delivered.

As part of Rural Housing Week 2020, the success is being marked in the Rural Housing Network’s new annual report which features case studies on some of the new homes:

  • Laurel Croft in Embsay  Craven - two shared ownership homes within Craven District.Laurel Croft in Embsay, Craven with two affordable homes.Laurel Croft in Embsay, Craven with two affordable homes.
  • Hutton Cranswick, East Riding getting its first 10 new affordable homes in around 10 years with six homes for affordable rent and four homes for shared ownership.
  • Helmsley, Ryedale was granted permission by the North York Moors National Park Authority for 60 homes on land owned by Duncombe Park Estate, which has provided 24 new affordable homes for rent and Discount Market Sale.
  • Carlton Miniott & Huby, Hambleton Two rural exception sites providing a total of 19 homes for rent and shared ownership.
  • Lealholm, Scarborough in the North York Moors National Park, a proposal for 12 homes plus a community play area and orchard is being drawn up following a feasibility funded through the Scarborough Borough Councils Community Housing Fund.
A copy of our full end of year report for 2019-2020 can be found here

Councillor Richard Foster, of the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) Housing Board said: “I am really encouraged to see such a large number of new rural affordable homes delivered this year by our housing association and local authority partners with the vital support of our Rural Housing Enablers.Cllr Foster, Chair of the RHE Network invites HRH The Princess Royal to officially open the development from 2017Cllr Foster, Chair of the RHE Network invites HRH The Princess Royal to officially open the development from 2017

 “This unique partnership provides additional support to rural communities and partners to provide high quality affordable homes to meet the needs of rural communities. We look forward to supporting more communities in the future.” 

He said the work will continue with further funding for the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler programme approved by the YNYER Housing Board in February 2020. The board works with key partners (seven councils, two National Parks, North Yorkshire County Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and 18 Housing Associations) and rural communities to meet local housing needs to ensure that our rural communities and economies continue to thrive.

We have also featured within the Yorkshire Post following the publication of the end of year report highlighting our results and achievements over the past 12 months. You can view the article in full here. 

For additional information relating to delivery of rural housing and rural housing week, you can visit one of the following websites.


National Housing Federation

Rural Housing Alliance



HRH The Princess Royal visiting Paddocks EndHRH The Princess Royal visiting Paddocks End

HRH, The Princess Royal officially opened the 16-home Paddocks End development in Garbutts Lane, Hutton Rudby in January 2017. All 16 homes were allocated to people with a local connection to the village. The Princess Royal was given a tour of the development and met some of the residents, before speaking to some of the people involved in ensuring the homes were built.

Among the residents she met were Nick Goldsborough, who lives in a three-bedroom rented home with his two teenage children Harriet and Alex.  He has lived in Hutton Rudby all his life but after the breakdown of his marriage had to stay with Harriet and Alex in the bungalow belonging to his mum. He said: “The bungalow was tiny, so the only way we could manage was if my son slept with me in the box room and my daughter slept on the couch. This lasted for three years altogether, but it was the only way I could look after my mum, hold down my job and keep my family together. When I heard about the new homes, I registered our interest and the difference this house has made to our lives is incredible. We all now have our own bedrooms and it feels better than winning the lottery!"

Laura and Gareth Malkin also met Princess Anne. The couple were facing the prospect of moving out of the village in order to buy their first home, but they have bought one of the shared ownership properties at Paddocks End. Laura said: “Our daughter Lillian attends the local school and we have a son on the way. So, with us both working, we are dependent on support from my parents who live in the villaHRH meeting Paddocks End residentsHRH meeting Paddocks End residentsge. Being near them is a massive help and moving into a shared ownership property has allowed us to take control over our finances.”

The final family to meet the Princess were Ali and Janet Rbah who live, with their children Ryan and Sophia, in one of the specially adapted three-bedroom bungalows. Janet said: “We had lived in a small two-bedroom house in Hutton Rudby for ten years but we needed something bigger and

couldn’t afford one in the village until this development came along. We really wanted to stay here as we’d lived here for so long and both children were settled in local schools. I also have severe arthritis, fibromyalgia and problems with my foot so as my mobility decreases it’s comforting to know I will no longer need to work about stairs and that I’ll be able to remain independent. Living here has changed our lives so much, more than I can put into words.”

Colin Wilkie, Chair of Broadacres, said: “We are delighted that HRH, The Princess Royal was able to open our development and to speak to some of the residents who, in their own words, have had their lives transformed, by moving into the homes. We are very proud of what we have achieved at Hutton Rudby; it is a very good example of what can be achieved through partnership working.”

Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson, added: “Paddocks End is a great example of rural housing in action – we secured a piece of land in the centre of the village and created a development that allows local people to stay local.  It is something we are working to establish across Hambleton but to have the endorsement of HRH, Princess Anne, makes Hutton Rudby a very special development.”


The homes were built for Broadacres by Esh Property Services. The site was chosen after widespread consultation with local people, including Hutton Rudby Parish Council, through the Rural Housing Enabler. Thanks to the input of local people, Broadacres were able to come up with a design for the homes that was in keeping with the village, with a traditional look, whilst still having all the modern features such as high insulation levels and large south facing windows.

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