Rural Housing Week – 20 years of our Rural Housing Enabler project


sarah brooke-taylor


It’s Rural Housing Week and we’re celebrating 20 years of the Warwickshire Rural Housing Enabler.

Case study – Aspley Close, Broom

WRCC worked in partnership with Bidford on Avon Parish Council, Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) and Linfoot Country Homes to develop this rural housing scheme of 12 affordable homes for local people on an unallocated greenfield Rural Exception Site on the edge of Broom village, part of Bidford on Avon parish.

This small-scale community-led rural scheme of 5 homes for affordable rent, 1 shared ownership property and 6 local market homes sought to answer a need identified from the smaller villages in Bidford on Avon parish.

The affordable homes are constructed to Lifetime Homes standards and comprise two short terraces of three houses. A new access road was introduced from Bidford Road, with dedicated parking areas to avoid car parking dominating the street scene.

The homes are prioritised to people with a close connection to Broom, Marton and Marlcliff, in the first instance, and then to Bidford on Avon parish.