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Record numbers of new affordable homes

Affordable homes have been springing up in record numbers in Craven and North Yorkshire, new figures show.

Rural North Yorkshire has smashed its target by 25 per cent, building 430 new affordable homes in the last four years.

The last year has been the best yet in the county with 179 affordable homes completed in the past 12 months.

A total of 34 of these were in the Craven district - 19 per cent of those built across the county.

Councillor Richard Foster, Leader of Craven District Council and Chairman 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."

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.

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