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How affordable rural homes change lives and communities (New Forest Focus)

Are you a Parish Councillor or a Land Owner in the New Forest?

English Rural held the first of a series of planned, regional webinars which focused on how affordable rural housing changes lives and communities. The first session had a particular focus on the New Forest. Please do watch the video below and find out how small-scale, affordable rural homes really do change lives:

Who will you hear from?

✅ Local Authority: What role does the local authority play and how can it support rural communities that want to take action and deliver affordable homes? Catherine Bonnett, from the New Forest District Council, offers her perspective.
✅ Parish Council: How do Parish Councils ensure the local community is represented and benefit from affordable rural homes? Dunsfold Parish Council Chair, Stephen Hayward gives a unique perspective on getting affordable rural homes built.
✅ New Forest National Park: What are the challenges of building affordable homes in the New Forest? Steve Avery from the New Forest National Park Authority talks about the challenges and successes of building affordable homes in the New Forest.
✅ A Landowner: Why make land available for local-needs housing? Henry Bryant, a local landowner, talks us through how he wanted to give something back to his village.
✅ An English Rural Resident: How did it change their life and their community? One of our Hampshire residents, Sharon, gives a moving story about how being able to live in an affordable rural home changed her life.

What will you find out?

✅ How communities benefit from affordable rural housing
✅ That homes are small-scale, sympathetically designed and developed in partnership with the local community
✅ Why affordable housing is vital to future generations living in the village
✅ Why it’s important for landowners to be part of the process
✅ How Parish Councils can play a central role to getting homes built
✅ How Local Authorities play a part in making things happen
✅ How affordable rural housing changes lives

Why are we running these sessions?

We are in the midst of a housing crisis that is particularly acute in rural areas. Many local shops, pubs, schools and businesses are being forced to close simply because people cannot afford to live in their local rural community. We need these communities to thrive again for generations to come. By building small-scale developments of affordable homes, we give people the opportunity to remain in the communities they were brought up in and to live close to their jobs, families and support networks. In short, we need to build more homes in communities who need them.  We also need to nurture positive relationships with those who can make it happen.

The sessions will feature a range of speakers who will talk about the benefits of affordable rural housing from their own perspective. Proposed speakers will include: Local Authorities, Parish Councils, landowners and residents. The sessions will use a mix of live presentations, video and Q&As.

Why partner with English Rural?

Genuinely affordable rural homes
Small footprint – an average of only six homes per village
Community-led – villages invite us in
Award-winning design & construction
Only local people can ever live in our homes
Highest regulatory gradings of V1 and G1

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