A record number of affordable homes have been built in rural North Yorkshire over the past four years – exceeding the target by 25 per cent.
And the past 12 months has been the best yet – with the North Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler Network and its partners delivering 179 completions over 23 sites.
The rural housing programme has seen 430 new rural affordable homes developed over the past four years, an average of 100 per year against an annual target of 75.
The York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Housing Board approved a new Rural Housing Enabler programme to run from 2015 to 2018 in December 2014 and local authorities in North Yorkshire along with North Yorkshire County Council and 14 Housing Association partners have agreed to continue to fund this.
Coun Richard Foster, chair of the Rural Housing Enabler Network said: “I am extremely pleased with the efforts of our Registered Provider Partners, the Rural Housing Enablers and the Homes and Communities Agency for helping to achieve this figure.
“I would also like to thank the various planning authorities and the local parish councils and residents for their support for bringing sites forward. With this partnership working we have been able to provide affordable, good quality homes for those who are most in need and I am pleased that this will continue into the future.”