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Rural Housing Week - 2nd to 6th July 2018

To celebrate national Rural Housing Week, the Rural Housing Enablers across North & East Yorkshire area are Rural Housing Week LogoRural Housing Week Logoplanning a series of events across the patch. If you would like to know more or attend one of the events, contact your local RHE. The events are:

  • 2nd July – Small Sites Extravaganza at Sun Pavilion, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate (5-7pm): Landowners and agents are invited to find out how to make the most of smaller sites in rural areas
  • 4th July – Craven District Council is holding a business seminar at Broughton Hall, aimed at small developers, landowners and estates to look at addressing the problems that small builders encounter and how the Council can work with them to overcome these, including self build and community led housing.
  • 5th July – Selby District Council is holding a bus tour of Rural Exception Sites to raise awareness and promote the work of the Rural Housing Enabler
  • 6th July – Official opening of Mill Fields in Sheriff Hutton, Ryedale by Lord Richard Best, celebrating 12 new homes on a Rural Exception Site, developed by York Housing Association.

See our Rural Exception Sites!

The map below shows all of the Rural Exception Sites and new affordable rural homes which the Rural Housing Enablers have delivered with our housing association and other partners since the start of the current partnership in 2011. 

HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL OPENS PADDOCKS END RURAL EXCEPTION SITE

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 village. 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

HRH meeting Paddocks End residentsHRH meeting Paddocks End residentscouldn’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.”

Cllr Foster, Chair of the RHE Network invites HRH The Princess Royal to officially open the developmentCllr Foster, Chair of the RHE Network invites HRH The Princess Royal to officially open the developmentThe 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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