- What we do
Community and rural housing expertise
Rural affordable housing
We employ two Rural Housing Enablers who work in partnership with parish councils and communities to provide small affordable housing schemes for local people in rural Hampshire.
Our rural housing project began in 2002 to address a now widely acknowledged problem – that house price inflation has pushed up open market housing beyond the reach of those on lower incomes with the result that many less affluent people were forced to leave their communities to find cheaper, more affordable housing elsewhere.
To date the HARAH project has helped almost 500 rural affordable homes to be built in rural villages across Hampshire. Helping more than 1400 local people to stay or return to their communities.
Providing affordable housing to local people helps create balanced communities, breathes fresh life into rural areas and helps to ensure that local people can stay in their communities whatever their age or circumstance.
Through our rural housing programme we:
- help identify local housing need with Parish Councils through carrying out housing need surveys
- work with Parish Councils to find suitable sites for a small affordable housing scheme (the schemes are usually built on ‘Rural Exception Sites’ – land outside of but adjacent to a village’s settlement boundary)
- work with landowners who have offered land for rural exception site housing
- hold public consultation events to give residents the opportunity to comment on potential sites and schemes