Housing Minister visits affordable homes in rural Hampshire

Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse, visited affordable rural housing delivered through the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) on 23 November.


Malthouse visited a development of six homes in Grateley, near Andover in North Hampshire. The scheme, a mix of two and three bedroomed houses, was built in 2009 to provide affordable housing for people living or working in the village.

Hastoe Land and New Business Manager, Karen Hillhouse, attended the event and talked to the Minister about the pressing need for more quality, affordable housing in Rural England to keep villages alive and ensure they remain sustainable communities.

Hastoe is the lead housing association in HARAH - a partnership of councils, housing associations, national parks and charities in Hampshire delivering new affordable homes in villages in Hampshire.


Kit Malthouse said:

As Housing Minister, it’s good to see this kind of local-led solution to affordable housing in my own constituency. Since the publication of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework and the Social Housing Green Paper, I have sought to see housing problems addressed locally and to ensure availability, type, and tenure of housing meets local needs”.

Cllr Caroline Brook, Chair of HARAH, said:

Local solutions work. HARAH is a successful model and can continue to boost the number of much needed rural affordable homes; there is an appetite for more from all partners, and support from our local communities”.

More information on HARAH can be found here.

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