English Rural is lucky enough to have the support of a range of high-profile supporters, but none so involved as our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal and our President, Sir Peter Dixon.
“The absence of sufficient affordable homes in our rural communities is not a new problem – in fact, it is a problem that has got worse in recent years. High property values, increased aspirations to live in the countryside and limited development of new homes have all had an impact, resulting in many local households now being unable to afford to remain within the rural community where they have grown up and have support networks. Small scale affordable rural housing developments help to rebalance communities, keeping families together whilst providing a boost for local services. Parish and town councils are a driving force for change and a key partner in delivering affordable homes for local people.“
Listen to Her Royal Highness offering her thanks to the parish councils, local authorities and, most importantly, the local communities, who make affordable rural homes happen:
Sir Peter Dixon was appointed as President of English Rural in March 2009. From 2003 until 2008 he was the Chairman of the Housing Corporation and was knighted in 2009 for his work in the affordable housing sector. He was the Chairman of University College London Hospitals (UCLH) from 2001 until 2010.
He has vast experience of both housing and medical organisations and continues to work within both sectors to the present day.