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

HRH, The Princess Royal officially opened an affordable rural housing development - the 16-home Paddocks End development in Garbutts Lane, Hutton Rudby. The scheme was developed in partnership with the North Yorkshire and East Riding Rural Housing Enabler Network, which supports the development of affordable housing so that villages remain sustainable places to live. 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.



Our 2016 Rural Housing Conference was held on 29th September 2016 at Hutton Rudby Village Hall. The event featured prominent speakers, including Lord Richard Best and Kevin Hollinrake, MP, engaging workshops and a tour of a new affordable housing scheme on a Rural Exception Site at Paddocks End in the village.


Kevin Hollinrake MPKevin Hollinrake MP

Conference Presentations

Kevin Hollinrake, MP Housing Slides

Sarah Davies, CIH Housing Policy Update

David Coulson, RICS Presentation

Chris Carr Presentation


Workshop Presentations

Alex Hyde, Mortgage Bureau - Mortgage Market

Dr Allison Wallace, Uni of York - Shared Ownership

Jo Lavis, Rural Housing Solutions & Sarah Hall - Policy Review

Pete Duncan, SRC - Community Led Housing

Community Led Housing Project 2016

The Rural Housing Enabler Network and Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) have secured funding through the Nationwide Foundation to explore the potential for community-led housing to be part of the solution to the shortage of affordable, good quality housing in rural North Yorkshire and East Riding.

Community-led housing allows people and communities to lead in providing their own housing solutions, creating sustainable, affordable and lasting homes. It can take a variety of forms, with current models including self-help housing, co-housing, cooperatives, community land trusts and community self-build.

The project will consider what community-led housing might look like for this area and also assess the appetite of rural communities to lead the delivery of affordable housing. The result will be around five pilot communities working on bringing community-led housing to fruition in North Yorkshire and East Riding.

The project will also create resources that will be disseminated to other community councils across England with the intention of supporting more communities to take forward community-led housing projects.

Funding for this project has also been provided by North Star Housing and the UK Cohousing Network. The initial stages of work  are being undertaken by Social Regeneration Consultants.


For more information contact your local Rural Housing Enabler or 

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