Housing Minister visits HARAH

Cllr Phil Bundy and Cllr Caroline Brook (Chair of HARAH) meet the Housing MinisterA village in his own constituency played host to Minister for Housing, Kit Malthouse MP, when he came to see an example of affordable homes provided by the HARAH partnership.

The Minister visited a development of 6 homes in Grateley, near Andover in North Hampshire, on 23rd November. The homes, a mix of 2 and 3 bedroomed houses, were built in 2009 to provide affordable housing for people living or working in the village. They are part of close to 500 homes built by HARAH since 2005.

The Minister meets reps from HARAH, Test Valley BC, Gratetely Parish Council & SovereignCllr Caroline Brook, Chair of HARAH welcomed the Minister. She told him that ‘Local solutions work. HARAH is a successful model and can continue to boost the number of much needed rural affordable homes; there is an appetite for more from all partners, and support from our local communities’

The Minister heard how Grateley Parish Council had worked closely with HARAH to address the need for affordable housing in the village. Every year, many schools, post offices, shops and pubs in rural villages close because young families can’t afford to stay living locally. HARAH provides homes that can help people stay local and keep Hampshire villages thriving. When the homes were built, the Parish Council reported back that the village had benefited from having the scheme, which fitted in well, and the homes were well designed.

The Minister talsk to Mags & Bev, our RHEsAfter touring the scheme the Minister joined representatives from HARAH, Test Valley Borough Council and the Parish Council for a cup of tea and some cake in the village hall.

The Minister told the representatives ‘As housing minister it’s good to see this kind of local-led solution to affordable housing in my own constituency; since the publication of the government’s National Planning Policy Framework and the Social Housing Green Paper, I have sought to see housing problems addressed locally and to ensure availability, type, and tenure of housing meets local needs’

Tea with the MinisterHARAH is always looking to work with Hampshire villages and are keen to talk to Parish Councils, and any landowners who have suitable land to provide much needed affordable homes.

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