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New rural homes well underway in Thorpe Willoughby

The construction of 70 new homes in the North Yorkshire village of Thorpe Willoughby is well underway, bringing much-needed, affordable rural housing to the local area.

The housing development by Karbon Homes, off Field Lane in the village, consists of a mix of two and three-bedroom affordable homes some of which will be available for affordable rent and others for Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy, helping local people onto the housing ladder. 

Phil Lacey, Yorkshire Development Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “We’re really pleased with how the Field Lane site is progressing and I’m really looking forward to seeing these innovative, affordable homes finished.”

The construction of these homes marks the start of Karbon’s £131.5m strategic partnership with Homes England, which will support the northern housing association to develop 2,200 much-needed affordable homes across the North East and Yorkshire. 

Karbon has committed to building 10% of this strategic partnership programme in rural areas. 

Karbon has been working with Selby District Council on various development sites for four years now, a relationship that has generated affordable housing in both urban and rural areas of the Selby District. These properties are also allocated with a preference to those who live and/or work in the local area.

Councillor Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council and Executive Member for Housing, said. “Providing affordable housing is a priority for Selby District Council. Working with Karbon Homes on the Thorpe Willoughby scheme has been a great opportunity to deliver much needed affordable housing to the district. Supporting schemes like this helps rural communities thrive and become more sustainable. We welcome future opportunities to work with the Rural Housing Enabler and develop rural communities.” 

The new homes at Thorpe Willoughby are being built using timber frames. This modern method of construction reduces the time taken to deliver a development by 25% or more, compared to traditional construction methods.

In a time where new, rural affordable homes are in high demand, the ability to be able to deliver high quality homes quicker, is a real plus for rural communities.



We all know that we need to do everything we can to build more affordable homes in this country. Research from the National Housing Federation shows that 145,000 new affordable homes need to be built every year, across every community and every region – especially in rural communities. And that’s why I’m so proud of the work done by the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network, which helped to build over 300 new affordable homes in rural communities across their patch last year. These will provide a stable place for hundreds of people to live, allowing them to contribute to their communities, put down roots and make a home for their families. 

This is all the more important because of the specific issues that so many rural communities face. Between high house prices in desirable villages and lower average wages, local people can be priced out of places they have lived in for their whole lives. This has a knock-on effect, hurting local shops, schools and pubs as families leave, while businesses often struggle to recruit and retain staff.

But by building more affordable homes in rural areas, we can help to reverse this. Families can stay in local communities, helping to build thriving, sustainable places. Local businesses get a boost because they have more customers with more money in their wallets, and they can find it easier to hire workers. And, on top of this, local building firms pump money into the local economy through the construction process.

All of this means that I am very proud to support Rural Housing Week 2022, and its call to level up rural communities. These communities have so much to offer and its right to recognise this. But we also need to recognise the challenges they face and take action to fix them. And right at the top of the list is building the affordable homes they urgently need.

Cllr Richard Foster

Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Strategic Housing Partnership and Leader of Craven District Council


More than 300 new affordable homes have been built in rural communities across North and East Yorkshire over the past year.

The homes have been built by private developers, charitable housing associations, councils and local communities, backed by a team of specialist Rural Housing Enablers from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Strategic Housing Partnership. This group brings together local councils and national parks to help build affordable homes across the area and support the local economy.

Of the 309 rural affordable homes built across North and East Yorkshire between April 2021 and March 2022:

  • 111 were built in Craven District
  • 55 were built in the East Riding of Yorkshire
  • 37 were built in Hambleton District
  • 8 were built in Richmondshire District
  • 42 were built in Ryedale District
  • 36 were built in Scarborough Borough
  • 20 were built in Selby District

24 of these homes were built inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 12 in the North York Moors National Park.

The figures have been released as part of Rural Housing Week (4th-8th July), an annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges rural communities face and how affordable homes can help. Rural economies often lag behind on pay, productivity and infrastructure, while local people are priced out of desirable villages. Building more rural affordable homes can address many of these challenges, helping to boost the economy and create sustainable, thriving communities.

Councillor Richard Foster, chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Housing Board and leader of Craven District Council, said:

“Rural communities face a big challenge across North and East Yorkshire, and the rising cost of living is only going to make things harder for thousands of people. We urgently need to level up our rural communities, and there is no better way to do this than by building affordable homes.

“I’m really proud of the work that the housing partnership does, and these 300 affordable homes are a great example of that. We all need to make sure we are doing everything we can to build on this and create sustainable, thriving rural communities.”


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.

In our latest round up, we highlight the following:  

              • YNYER Housing Strategy Review
              • Around the patch updates
              • Latest monitoring information

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.

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




North and East Yorkshire has seen another 300 new rural affordable homes developed in the last 12 months.

Rural Housing Enablers for the counties are celebrating next week’s rural housing week by pledging to make sure there are high quality, low carbon, affordable homes developed in with Registered Providers (RP).

The North and East Yorkshire RHE Partnership is undertaking to:

  • Work closely with local communities and Parish Councils to find the best solution to meet identified    housing needs
  • Ensure that homes are occupied by people who have a local connection or contribute to the sustainability and inclusivity of the village and rural area
  • Ensure that affordable homes always remain affordable
  • Build sensitively designed, high quality homes which contribute to the beauty of an area
  • Build to high environmental standards which help residents and communities reduce their carbon impact and be more sustainable and resilient
  • Provide locally sensitive, high quality services to our residents and their communities
  • Always listen and respond positively to our customers and the local community

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 the new Rural Housing Alliance pledge, which will ensure there are high quality affordable homes within rural areas, where they are desperately needed.

“I fully support this pledge and the benefits it brings and will continue to make every effort to deliver new affordable rural homes working alongside our partners and the North and East Yorkshire Rural Housing Enablers.”

During next week’s Rural Housing Week (July 5-9) the region will be highlighting the work of our Rural Housing Enablers on social media feeds focussing on:

Supporting the delivery of new affordable homes in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks:   

West Witton, Richmondshire 

Within West Witton, Richmondshire we have been working alongside Broadacers to help deliver 17 new affordable homes within the Yorkshire Dales. West Witton, RichmondshireWest Witton, Richmondshire

This scheme started life in 2007 when it was put forward by the landowners agent as a site in the Yorkshire Dales National Parks (YDNP) call for sites and the production of the Local Plan. An initial Housing Need Survey was conducted by the then Rural Housing Enabler, which identified a localised housing need.

Throughout 2010-16 consultation events and further housing need reviews were held in partnership with the Parish Council and different Developers and Housing Association, all looking at viability of the scheme, traffic issues, the design and layout until such time as Hartforth Homes came along and we started to progress submitting a planning application and approval in 2019.

By this time, the housing need had grown to 23 local housing need. However, the focus had always been to provide local housing and keep people living in the Parish. The identified local housing need formed the basis for the design and tenure split for the current scheme being developed in partnership with Broadacres.

This scheme is providing a mix of eight 2 and 3 bedroom affordable homes, 2 for rent and 6 for Discount Market Sale mechanism to local people at a discount on the Open Market price. The remaining nine properties are for sale bringing new families to the area and ensuring local schools, pubs and shops are sustainable. This scheme is being funded in part by Homes Englands “Home Building Fund” for the developer’s finance, funding from Richmondshire District Council and Broadacres purchasing the affordable rented with an expected completion date of August 2021.

All of the interest has been shown from local people to West Witton or Richmondshire, all meeting the local connection of living or working or both. 

 Staithes, Scarborough             

Staithes, ScarboroughStaithes, Scarborough

In Staithes, Scarborough within the North Yorks Moors National Park, York & Karbon will be developing an affordable housing scheme which is now on site in Staithes off Hinderwell Lane which will provide 12 much needed affordable homes. 

The homes will be made available to local people and families who cannot afford to access the private property market but wish to continue living within their existing communities and have a strong connection to the area. The drop in events will advertised in August through local flyers and also through a press release for anyone interested living 

Humbleton, East Riding

Community Led Homes at Humbleton will see a former school transformed into six new homes.

An exciting new housing scheme set against the rural backdrop of Holderness in the East RidingHumbleton, East RidingHumbleton, East Riding has reached an important milestone with the granting of detailed planning permission. Due to start building work in August, it involves the conversion of an old school building and the creation of two new homes in the village of Humbleton to provide 6 units of affordable rented housing. 

These are to be managed by the community based charity, the Heron Educational Foundation and will receive funding from the Council’s community led housing fund. Further details of the scheme can be obtained from Chris Brazier –

Holme on Spalding Moor, East Riding 

68 new homes in the village of Holme on Spalding Moor are being developed by Yorkshire Housing for rent and to buy.

Wednesday: new affordable rural homes in numbers:

  • 300 HOMES IN 2020/21

















East Riding





  • 301 PLANNED FOR 2021/22

Thursday: new homes in Askrigg, Richmondshire, delivered in partnership with the local community (the Askrigg Foundation). Community groups wanting to replicate this can find more information and assistance at the North and East Yorkshire Community Led Housing Hub

Rural Housing week 2021

As part of Rural Housing week 2021, the National Housing Federation are hosting a webinar during which the Rural Housing Alliance will share their revised rural pledge, which underlines their commitment to working in partnership with local communities.

They will also introduce the newly published Parish Councillors’ Guide to Rural Affordable Housing, and share examples of how they are working with parish councils and other partners to put that commitment into practice.

For more information and how to book your space. Please click here

The Wildlife Trust - Build Back Better

Are you a northern housebuilder, developer, planner, or a related professional?

The Wildlife Trusts | The Wildlife Trusts

 Do you want to know more about meeting the upcoming environmental policy changes? Do you want to better understand how the North can secure a truly green recovery?

Then join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for a free 90-minute online workshop to learn from our industry-leading speakers on how to meet Green Infrastructure polices, as well as to prepare for Biodiversity Net Gain and wider changes in the Environment Act using the Building with Nature Framework.

It's taking place from 1.00pm - 2.30pm on Friday 9th July 2021.

For more information and how to book your space. Please click here

RP Networking Event - Thursday 20th May 2021

Today we held our first virtual RP Networking Event with Cllr Richard Foster chairing. There was productive discussions between the various attendees from RHE's, RP's and other supporting organisations such as Homes England and Community First Yorkshire. 

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Laura Hobbs from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust gave a presentation relating to Building with Nature and their accreditation scheme. To find out more information, please click here

Building with Nature Presentation 

Business Inspired Growth

Jos Holmes from Business Inspired Growth gave a presentation into Carbon Abatement Pathway and have the ambition to be carbon-neutral by 2034 and carbon-negative by 2040. To find out more information, please click here

Carbon Abatement Pathway Presentation 

Community Led Housing Hub 

Sarah Hart from Community First Yorkshire gave a presentation introducing the new Community Led Housing Hub and what they will be looking to achieve in the future. Please click here for more information.

New Community Led Housing Hub Presentation 

Monitoring information 20/21

20/21 - We helped deliver 300 new affordable homes.

21/22 - Looking to deliver an additional 245 new affordable homes.

2020 - 2021 Full Monitoring Report

2021 - 2022 Forecast 


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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