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Premium member Presentation Transcript To Hills and Beyond – Taking Forward Affordable Rural Housing : To Hills and Beyond – Taking Forward Affordable Rural Housing Peter Dixon Chairman, Housing Corporation Photo: Home HG, Kielder Village, Northumberland Rural Housing Advisory Group: Rural Housing Advisory Group Chaired by Corporation First meeting 22 May 2007 Members – rural stakeholders from many organisations Aims Advising the Government on delivery mechanisms for affordable rural housing, Identifying and promoting innovative approaches, Promoting joint working Photo: Parson’s Croft, Parwich - Nottingham Community HA Rural Housing Advisory Group (2): Rural Housing Advisory Group (2) Key actions agreed: Development of website to bring together good practice in delivering affordable rural housing to promote work of the group to communicate with stakeholders Hastoe Project Looking at successful schemes - ‘on the ground’ experiences Photo: Earth Sheltered Homes, Honingham, Norfolk, Peddars Way HA The Changing Role of Housing Providers: Hills Report: The Changing Role of Housing Providers: Hills Report Photo: Westonfields, Albury, Surrey - English Rural Housing Association Mixed communities key for existing andamp; future social housing -– good housing, areas, schools, services Aim to get social and geographic mobility Infrastructure Build links of housing and employment bodies Varied menu of social housing products to serve these aims Refers to Affordable Rural Housing Commission Report What we've done so far: What we've done so far 11,000 homes in rural settlements under 3,000 since 2001 Contribution growing - 9% of all homes in 2006/08 programme will be in rural settlements 5,500 homes in 2006/08 programme in settlements under 10,000 ‘Communities and the Countryside’: ‘Communities and the Countryside’ Refreshed Rural Housing Strategy Engaging with Planning authorities to identify and disseminate good practice Encouraging lower thresholds for requiring affordable housing Continuing to invest in research Joint work with Defra on Existing Stock in rural areas Joint research with Defra: Joint research with Defra Important to understand existing stock in rural areas University of Birkbeck have looked into levels of stock We will be looking at research to decide on how we can focus next steps Key part of strategy to improve our data sets/knowledge Photo: Linden Lea, Down Ampney - Fosseway HA Hastoe Project: Hastoe Project Funded by IGP Looking at: Improving land availability New models of funding affordable rural housing Little or no SHG Report will detail innovative schemes that have either never been tried or have been trialled only once Will report to the Rural Advisory Group at September meeting Photo: Hastoe Housing Association Kirdford Village, West Sussex Going forward into 2008/11 : Going forward into 2008/11 Prospectus for the 2008/11 Affordable Housing Programme Encouraging regional housing boards to set regional targets for settlements andlt;3000 Looking at cap on plot values for exception sites Support for maintaining staircasing restrictions on exception sites Photo: Town and Country Housing Association - Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux Communities England – Working with Our Partners: Communities England – Working with Our Partners Local Government Protocols Developing joint pipeline plans Reflecting local PPS3 priorities Section 106 Presence at Regional Assembly level, working to keep rural targets a priority: Regional Spatial Strategies Regional Housing Boards Photo: West Kent Housing Association Bentley Meadows , Seal, Kent Design Quality: Design Quality ‘Building for Life’ – working with CABE HC‘s recent Design Week Design Champion’s Networks – engaging with rural providers Active in 3 regions, SW, SE and Central Photo: Oak Meadow, South Molton, Devon andamp; Cornwall Housing The Future – Leaner and Greener: The Future – Leaner and Greener Delivering more affordable rural housing andamp; improving existing stock Driving efficiency and unlocking RSL capacity = more for less Successful bid for funding under CSR2007, based on record of delivery and promise of more to come Improving environmental standards ‘Procuring the Future’ Code for Sustainable Homes Photo: Eden Housing Association - Pooley Bridge, in Cumbria Slide13: You do not have the permission to view this presentation. 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