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.

A national programme of independent Rural Housing Enablers was set up in 2001, and the Warwickshire Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) project started in 2003:

  • To raise awareness of the need for affordable housing in rural communities
  • To work with rural communities to identify local housing need
  • To work with rural communities to identify potential sites
  • To raise awareness in rural communities of the importance of producing plans and strategies, for example parish plans
Our first two schemes were Brailes (ten 2 & 3 bed homes to rent) and Long Compton (four 2 bed homes to rent), completed in 2005.
Could your community benefit from an affordable housing scheme? 

Ms M, Norton Lindsey:

“It’s really safe. The kids love it. They can just go out and play and I know they’re safe. We’ve got a proper community here. Without this I’d still be in private rented and that’s really expensive.”


Ms McC, Shipston on Stour:

“All my family are here in Shipston. It’s ideal.”


Mr J, Priors Marston:

“It’s smashing. It’s worked out really well. We lived elsewhere in the village and we wanted to downsize, and we got this. It’s great.”


Mrs C, Harbury:

“I love it here. I feel very lucky. I’ve got a lovely garden. I’ve lived here 11 years and moved in when they were new. I feel so lucky to have a bungalow. I’d like to be here until they take me out. My children and grandchildren are in Southam but I love it here and don’t want to move.”