The nationwide affordable housing shortage has hit rural communities particularly hard as property is on average a fifth more expensive than in urban areas (“Countryside in Crisis”, The Guardian, July 2017) and new developments may not always include a range of properties that suits local needs.
If you’re at either end of the age spectrum – younger and finding it difficult to afford your first home, or older and looking for a smaller, more manageable home – you’re particularly likely to be affected by this shortage. If people need to relocate to find appropriate housing this contributes to longer term population imbalance and can damage community sustainability.
Warwickshire Rural Housing Enabler Project
In 2003 we set up this important project to encourage rural communities to seize the initiative and get involved in the provision of suitable new homes. We offer a wide range of practical help and support so your community can discover what is – and what isn’t – achievable in your neighbourhood.
Housing Needs Surveys
Here are your first steps to finding out more about affordable housing.
Affordable Housing FAQs
Have a look at these commonly asked questions – is the answer you’re looking for in here?
Self Build & Custom Build
Discover what’s involved in these different building practices.
Community Led Planning (CLP) is another way that everyone can participate in the running and growth of rural communities. Our Guide to CLP will help you find out more about having a say in influencing local planning decisions and the county-wide structured plan. CLP is intended to help find out how a village or town feels about itself – its strengths and weaknesses – and how residents want it to develop.