Community-led housing the way forward in fight against the rural housing crisis

Rural housing specialists Hastoe Group has today welcomed the relaunch of the £60million Community Housing Fund, announced today at the National Community-Led Housing Conference by Housing Minister Alok Sharma.
The Fund, which was originally announced in 2016, enables local communities to take control of the housing situation in their area and boost the number of affordable homes by bringing forward new housing schemes which are right for them.

This approach has been particularly successful in rural areas, where many young people are being priced out of their local communities as incoming retired buyers, second homes and holiday lets push local house prices further and further out of their reach.

Hastoe Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “This Fund is an excellent incentive to help bring forward more desperately needed affordable homes in rural areas.

“Whether delivered entirely by a housing association, by a Community Land Trust (CLT), or any other local housing arrangement, the community-led development model works and has seen the delivery of thousands of genuinely affordable homes for rural communities.

“Most importantly, these community-led projects create a sense of achievement and pride for all involved – helping other local communities to see the value of schemes like this as a viable option to keep local people in the villages they were born or grew up in.

“This is surely the way forward in helping to ease the crisis of affordability and availability currently faced by rural communities across the country.”

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