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Over 300 new affordable homes for rural Yorkshire

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 (4-8 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.”

Phillip Spurr, Director of Place and Resource for Ryedale District Council said:

“High house prices and rents mean it is difficult for local people to get onto the property ladder. In our Council Plan, we said that we would work with our partners to deliver more affordable homes and ensure a supply of good quality housing that reflects the needs of our communities at all stages of their lives. The developments we have underway meet that aim. They will provide affordable homes that are sustainable, a high standard of construction and energy efficient.”

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Construction is well underway on the development of 20 new energy efficient homes in the North Yorkshire town of Pickering.

Left to right: Julia Histon, Managing Director of York Housing Association, Councillor Janet Frank, Vice Chair of Ryedale District Council, James Nellist, Lindum Group York Director, Phillip Spurr, Director of Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council, and Edward Chambers Managing Director at Lindum Group.