York Housing Association, which joined Karbon Homes as a wholly owned subsidiary last year, is also celebrating rural housing week with the official completion of 12 affordable homes at Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire.
A commemorative event is being led by Lord Richard Best, one of the country’s leading champions of social housing, on Friday 6 July.
The Mill Fields development at Sheriff Hutton has been developed in partnership with Ryedale District Council. The development features a mixture of homes available for affordable rent and shared ownership.
Vince Walsh, development and regeneration manager for Karbon Homes, said: “We know the demand for affordable housing is particularly high in rural areas. We often find that people have to leave areas where they were brought up and have family ties, or where they work because the cost of housing is just too high.
“So it’s vital that we provide affordable housing that helps these rural communities survive and thrive.”
Ahead of Rural Housing Week, many housing associations across England have been signing up to the 5-star plan for rural housing, developed by the National Housing Federation with housing associations. The plan challenges the sector to increase delivery of rural housing and continue contributing positively to a thriving countryside.
Karbon Homes is supporting the National Housing Federation as it promotes Rural Housing Week. The federation is drawing attention to the importance of affordable homes in rural areas, not only to ensure local families can remain in their home area, but also to ensure the survival of the rural economy, helping shops and services to remain viable.
Monica Burns, External Affairs Manager for rural housing at the National Housing Federation, says:
“Today’s findings show that far too few homes are being built for local people and villages are dying as a result. Young people are moving to cities and often house prices are rocketing. Right across rural England, schools are shutting their doors to pupils. Post offices, which provide vital community services, are closing at a similar rate and countless pubs are serving their last ever orders to locals.
“It’s therefore very welcome news that housing associations like Karbon Homes are stemming this tide in the North East by building the new homes local people desperately need.”