Herefordshire scheme to help rural families into housing
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
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A new housing scheme in Herefordshire is trying to give young families the chance to stay in their rural community.
Planners have just granted Two Rivers Housing planning consent to build 10 affordable homes in the village of Gorsley.
Recent evidence from the National Housing Federation shows young people are often priced out of living in the rural areas where they were brought up because of the cost of living.
House prices have increased by nearly 90% since 2001 in Herefordshire, but earnings have not kept pace with this, and they fall below the wages of people living in urban areas.
Rural parts of the West Midlands have witnessed a 10% fall in the number of 30 to 44-year-olds living there in last 10 years and a 5% drop in children under 10, yet the population of over-65s has gone up by a quarter.
Meanwhile, urban areas are thriving, with a 4% rise in people under the age of 45 living in the region’s towns and cities.
The scheme's two and three-bedroom houses in Ivy House Lane will be available for a mixture of affordable rent and shared ownership.
Priority will be given to those who already have a connection with the village.
“It’s wonderful to live in the countryside – if you can afford it,” said Matt Hunt, Two Rivers' director of development. “There is plenty of research showing that young people are forced to move away from the rural communities where they were brought up because they can’t afford to buy, or even pay the rent charged by private landlords.
“I am delighted we have been able to work with Herefordshire Council to provide a scheme that help young people to stay in an area where they already have connections, and for Gorsley to prosper for future generations.”
The project should complete in autumn 2014.