HARAH celebrates Rural Housing Week by welcoming Hampshire Village Homes to the partnership.

Brockenhurst eventHampshire parishes celebrated national Rural Housing Week with the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) by welcoming new housing associations to the partnership.

During Rural Housing Week (11-15 July 2016), over 60 representatives from 37 local parishes joined HARAH for events across the county. At each event Parish Councillors were able to find out more about the work of HARAH, talk to other Parish Councils who have successfully provided new affordable housing, meet the new housing associations and hear how new affordable homes can help keep businesses and services open in villages.

Micheldever eventThe week started on Monday 11 July with events in Kingsley and Pamber

In Kingsley HARAH hosted an afternoon tea in the Kingsley Centre, as well as taking Parish Councillors to visit a proposed affordable housing site off Forge Road. Patric Curwen of Bentley Parish Council said ‘The event provided a clear presentation of options and helped us realise that there are resources we can use to help us’

In Pamber, The Pelican pub was the setting for afternoon tea and lots of useful networking between parishes. Tony Spencer from Yateley Town Council commented ‘I am delighted that rural parishes have a say in planned development and the development is directed to the benefit of their community’

Thursday 14 July brought events in Brockenhurst and Micheldever.

In Brockenhurst the morning started with a hearty breakfast at The Forester’s Arms pub and a visit with the architect to Mill Lane, the site of a planned new HARAH scheme. John Wingham of Brockenhurst Parish Council said afterwards ‘I feel inspired and want to know where we can go next with affordable housing’

In Micheldever Parish Councillors began with a tour of an existing rural housing scheme in the village, and heard from the Parish Council about the benefits of the scheme. John Botham from Micheldever Parish Council told everyone ‘These sorts of developments keep communities thriving’

Parish Councillors will now be able to go back to the parishes and share what they have learnt. HARAH can support parishes through every stage of the process of providing new affordable homes, from assessing the local need and finding a suitable site right through to handing the keys over to the new residents.

Councillor Sandra Hawke, Chairman of the HARAH Board, said afterwards ‘I am really pleased to welcome Hampshire Village Homes as our new development partner. The past eleven years have shown the strength of working in partnership. I am confident that with the enthusiasm shown by local parish councillors during Rural Housing Week, HARAH will continue to promote new and innovative ways to deliver much needed affordable homes in our villages’

Brian Carroll – Hastoe Business Development Director, on behalf of Hampshire Village Homes said ‘We’re delighted to form Hampshire Village Homes and become part of the HARAH organisation. The organisations making HVH have shared values, such as sustainability, innovation, delivering great design and quality homes. The vision of delivering rural affordable housing is our focus – together we are stronger and we can share information and support each other. This collaborative approach allows us to share good practice, thus benefitting local councils and the people who reside in these places. We look forward to this collaboration and working with HARAH’

Since 2005 the HARAH partnership has successfully delivered 392 new affordable homes in villages across the county, providing homes for 1,400 local people. HARAH is made up of six Hampshire Local Authorities, the County Council, two National Park Authorities, Action Hampshire, and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Following Hyde Housing’s decision in late 2015 to rationalise its stock and end development in a number of the HARAH local authority areas, HARAH began the search to find new partners to continue the successful delivery of affordable rural housing across Hampshire. After a rigorous selection process, the HARAH Board invited the Hampshire Village Homes consortium to join the partnership.

Hampshire Village Homes is a consortium of five housing associations. These are Hastoe, English Rural, Winchester Housing Trust, Petersfield Housing Association and New Forest Villages Housing Association. The five will work together with the HARAH partners to ensure that 50 new affordable homes are delivered across rural Hampshire each year until 2020. All five housing associations in Hampshire Village Homes are committed rural housing specialists with proven experience of delivering new affordable homes. Three of the housing associations have strong roots in Hampshire.

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