Leicestershire has an established and effective Rural Housing Group which includes District Councils, Registered Providers and other housing specialists; this group will lead on delivery of this priority. Desired outcomes are:
- A robust county-wide evidence base of rural affordable housing need
- Increased availability of affordable homes where there is a need
- More fuel and water efficient housing in rural areas
Leicestershire Rural Partnership with district councils and registered providers has pooled funding to procure a Rural Housing Enabler Service for rural Leicestershire.
Midlands Rural Housing has been successful in securing the contract and will deliver the project until March 2017.
Carlton welcomes new residents
It was celebration time as a new rural affordable housing development in Carlton, Northfields, was officially opened by Partners.
Leicestershire Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency have worked together on the project to help finance and develop 11 new affordable homes.
Carlton Parish Council, Shackerstone Parish Council and Midlands Rural Housing have all helped to consult with the local community to help evidence and address the long-standing need for housing in this rural area.
County Councillor for Carlton Ivan Ould commented: "The new affordable homes will enable more families and couples to live in Carlton and I hope they will thrive in their new homes. Rural affordable housing is a key priority of the County Council and the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, enabling local people to live in their local community, at a price they can afford."
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