Rural Housing Week 2023

3 July 2023

‘Building a better future for rural communities’.

Rural Housing Week is an annual campaign that showcases the vital work housing associations do in rural communities.

The shortage of affordable housing is perhaps one of the biggest threats to opportunity in the countryside. The past few years have seen housing prices in the countryside rise at a quicker rate than in urban areas, forcing many people to move. According to recent government statistics, the most affordable homes in rural areas cost 8.8 times earnings compared to 7.6 times in urban areas (excluding London).

Taking place 3-7 July, this year’s Rural Housing Week campaign will focus on how a better future is possible for rural communities and investigate the changes needed to make this a reality.

While the limited availability of affordable housing and the impact on rural communities should not be understated, there are many examples of where communities have risen to the challenge and welcomed small-scale housing developments tailored to local needs.

For more information on community led housing as an achievable housing option for residents, communities, and partners throughout the North Yorkshire and East Riding region, please visit the Community Led Homes, North Yorkshire and East Riding website.