Hastoe signs up to rural housing 5-star plan

As the leading specialist rural housing housing association, Hastoe has signed up to the National Housing Federation’s 5-star plan to help contribute to a living, working countryside.
We are especially pleased that it raises awareness of the Rural Housing Pledge launched in 2011 which identifies how rural associations work with and for rural communities: 
  • Work closely with the local community and Parish Council to find the right site
  • Always give qualifying local people in housing need first priority for every home
  • Ensure that affordable homes always remain affordable
  • Build sensitively designed, high quality homes to high environmental standards
  • Provide good quality and locally sensitive management services to our residents
  • Always respond positively to the local community
The new 5-star plan also includes commitments to:
  • Increase the current level of housing supply in rural communities by 6% per year for each of the next five years
  • Bid for at least 10% of Homes and Communities Agency investment to deliver new homes in rural areas
  • Ensure that homes delivered benefit the local economy, including the farming and food economy
  • Meet the needs of rural communities and contribute towards five key tenures, as appropriate – homes for affordable rent, market rent, affordable home ownership, self-build and market sale.

The 5-star plan will be the main focus for discussion at the National Housing Federation’s rural housing conference this Friday, where Hastoe Group Sue Chalkley will be taking part in a panel discussion.

Sue Chalkley said: “Hastoe is pleased to support this new initiative which brings the sector together to build on the work of the Rural Housing Alliance by putting local communities at the heart of providing homes in the countryside.

"With low incomes and high property values across rural England, there has never been a more important time to campaign to keep rural housing affordable. The growing affordability gap means young people and families are being priced out of the communities they call home.

“We look forward to continuing our role in helping local villages to flourish and to help deliver our collective ambition for thriving countryside communities.”

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