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Commitment to affordable rural homes

North Yorkshire's commitment to creating affordable rural homes across the district has been endorsed by councillors, with support for the next 3 years.

Members of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Housing Board have agreed to continue to support the North Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabler programme for the next three years (2015-18). The scheme brings together local authorities across the county, the County Council, the North York Moors National Park and ten Housing Associations.

"Providing affordable housing for our rural communities is a key priority for our area and a driver for local economic growth," said Councillor Richard Foster, Chair of the Housing Board.   "Providing local homes for local people helps sustain the vibrancy of our rural villages and contributes towards affordable housing targets."

The work of the Rural Housing Enablers focusses on settlements of 3,000 people or less - where the need to deliver affordable housing through the allocation of sites is harder than in the main towns.

In the past three years it has seen over 300 new affordable homes build in rural areas across North Yorkshire. Over 100 more are due to complete by the end of this financial year with more in the planning pipeline - which will be delivered in the new programme.

Press release date 11 December 2014