Action Hampshire’s Rural Housing Enablers recently took part in the Royal Town Planning Institute Centenary seminar series ‘Housing Satisfaction: Quality Counts’ which explored place making and the user experience of the built environment.

Senior Rural Housing Enabler, Mags Wylie shared the results of the recently completed research into the views of parish councils on what it has meant to communities to have a HARAH affordable housing scheme for local people in their village.

This research was undertaken to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rural Housing Enabler project hosted by Action Hampshire. Its purpose was to evaluate the impact these schemes make to rural communities and better understand the benefits and outcomes and also understand and learn from any concerns the community and parish council may have had throughout the process.

The Key findings included 81% of parishes with a completed scheme stated the housing scheme was a success and 76% stated the scheme benefitted their village. A summary of the research can be viewed here.