In 2012-13 Leicestershire's rural communities continued to benefit from an increased provision of affordable rural homes

The provision of rural affordable housing enables people in rural locations to stay near to their support networks rather than being forced to find suitable accommodation elsewhere. This enhances the sustainability of rural communities and the welfare of the people living within them.

Development is focussed on 'Rural Exception Sites' which are small developments of affordable homes situated outside of the village envelope and can be prioritised for those with a strong local connection.

The identification of sites and develpoment of associated schemes throughout 2012-13 benefitted from work by the Rural Housing Enabler, part funded by the LRP, in partnership with district councils and registered housing providers.

By the end of March 2013, 60 new rural affordable homes were completed, or were under construction, as a result of Leicestershire County Council's New Homes Bonus investment.

In January 2013 Leicestershire County Council agreed to spend a further £1m in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 on new affordable accommodation for the ageing population (with the intention to focus on Extra Care schemes) and further affordable homes in rural communities.

The opening ceremony for an affordable housing scheme, of 12 units, in Sapcote took place on 12 October 2012. This marked the successful delivery of the first New Homes Bonus funded scheme in the County.

A second scheme at Somerby is also complete with the opening ceremony taking place on 30 May 2013.