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Penmachno Affordable Housing Development

New affordable housing development in Penmachno - Cartrefi Conwy - Rural Housing Enabler - Conwy County

Maes y Waen is a development of six affordable, eco-friendly family houses by Cartrefi Conwy in partnership with Conwy County Borough Council and Rural Housing Enabler (Conwy). Maes Y Waen is set in the picturesque village of Penmachno, which is situated in the Snowdonia National Park (SNP).

Powys Rural Housing Newsletter

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Newsletter July 2014






Powys Rural Housing Newsletter

July 2014 - click here.

Rural Housing Week 2014

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales rural housing week 2014 #ruralweek14

30 June – 4 July

Led by Community Housing Cymru, working with the National Housing Federation, housing associations, Rural Housing Enablers and local authorities, the week presents us with an opportunity to highlight successes and challenges around housing in a rural context.

Powys Rural Housing Newsletter

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Newsletter March 2014

Powys Rural Housing Newsletter

March 2014 - click here.

Evaluation of the Rural Housing Enablers in Wales

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Evaluation

The evaluation explores the effectiveness of the Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) role, management and funding of the posts and the barriers and opportunities that impact on the RHEs’ ability to deliver affordable homes in rural communities. The report concludes with an integrated package of recommendations for those working with and managing RHE posts, local policy makers and Welsh Government. These focus on strengthening practice and policy and providing long term funding for RHE posts.

Powys Rural Housing Newsletter

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Newsletter December 2013

Powys Rural Housing Newsletter December 2013 - click here.

Minister praises role of Rural Housing Enablers

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Minister Broadstone Trellech
The Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant, saw for himself the good work being done by Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) in Wales. During a visit to Broadstone in Trellech, a development of 6 semi detached, sustainable properties, the Minister was keen to point to the role RHEs play in identifying and facilitating the delivery of affordable housing in rural areas.

Opportunity in Llantwit Major

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Affordable Housing Enabler - Vale-of-Glamorgan Rent-to-buy Llanwit-Major

There is a 4x bed Rent First Property for rent in Llantwit Major. The property comprises:

  • three storey, four-bed house
  • downstairs wet room
  • integral garage and driveway
  • enclosed rear garden.

The property is sited close to the town centre, and local bus and train routes.

Green light for Castle Caereinion

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - Powys Castle Caereinion community land trust CLT

Castle Caereinion Community Land Trust and Mid-Wales Housing have secured planning permission for a small development in the village of Castle Caereinion, near Welshpool. The Rural Housing Enabler introduced both parties to each other after the scheme came to a standstill. The enabler also assisted the Community Trust with setting up a register for people who are looking for a home in the village.

Powys Rural Housing Enablers Newsletter

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Newsletter May 2013

Powys Rural Housing Enablers Newsletter - click here

Rural Housing Week 2013

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Rural Housing Week 2013 CHC

Rural Housing Week will take place across Wales during the week commencing 20 May 2013. Community Housing Cymru has produced a pack for the week to highlight the importance of rural housing issues. You can download the pack here.

Rural Housing Week 2013 - Pack

Community led housing development

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - CLT community land trust Cornwall Devon

Rural Housing Enablers are continuously exploring new ways of increasing the numbers of additional housing to meet local needs. One of these explorations is a new way of community led housing to deliver additional affordable housing.

Llanarth affordable housing project

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - Monmouthsire Llanarth Voice

Llanarth is a small village located in rural north Monmouthshire about 7 miles from Abergavenny. Over the years, as with many other areas throughout the UK, all the local services have disappeared and the closest bus service is about one mile away. Llanarth still has a village hall with playground and cricket pitch and the nearby Llanarth Court Hospital provides local employment opportunities.

Planning Approved for 10 New Affordable Homes in Anglesey

Housing needs in Anglesey, Rural Housing Enabler, affordable housing need

Planning for 10 new affordable homes in Llangoed, Anglesey in partnership with North Wales Housing Association has been approved.  This will be the first development in Anglesey using Council owned land as a subsidy as no Social Housing Grant is available.  This follows a housing need survey by the RHE in 2009 which identified the need for local housing.

Rising homelessness in rural Wales

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - Powys homelessness

High land costs, vocal nimbyism and a politically charged allocations system is behind a spiralling Welsh housing crisis, according to Steve Jones, chief executive of Tai Ceredigion and chair of the All Wales Rural Housing Forum.

Last Plot Sold in Anglesey Self-Build Affordable Housing Scheme

 Affordable Housing self build scheme using Council owned land sold at a discount.

The self-build scheme in Llangefni, Anglesey used Council owned land to provide 19 plots for qualifying local people to build their own home.  The plots were sold at 25% of market value with the remaining 75% held as a Legal Charge and deferred until the sale of the property in the future.

Vale of Glamorgan success

Vale of Glamorgan - Barry IslandThe Vale of Glamorgan is not only famous for Barry Island and “Gavin & Stacey”. The locations used to film this comedy television series about a Welsh girl and an Essex boy who fall in love, attract many visitors. Many don’t realise there is also a rural side to the Vale of Glamorgan, with many locals priced out of the housing market. Rural housing enabler for the area is Alan Sinclair. He welcomed other Welsh enablers to demonstrate three successful affordable rural housing schemes.

Powys - Innovative in attacking empty homes

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - Powys empty homes

Rural housing enablers (RHEs) in Powys are working with Powys County Council and housing associations to address the problem of empty homes. Powys has around 1500 long term empty properties. RHEs approach owners in partnership with Powys Private Sector Housing and housing associations, to look at ways of helping owners bring empty properties back into use.

Minister visits home-grown Welsh affordable housing solution

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Conwy Dolwyddelan ty unnos coed cymru

Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Huw Lewis paid a visit to North Wales on Thursday to see for himself a modular housing system that uses sustainable Welsh timber and offers a solution to affordable homes.

Minister meets housing campaigners in Llanbedr

Report on the  minister's visit to meet the Wales rural housing enablers

Huw Lewis AM met with the ten Affordable Housing Enablers to launch their new website.  The minister toured a new site for affordable homes in Llanbedr, Powys and completed homes at Gerddi'r Mynydd, Crickhowell.  both developments were shining examples of collaboration between councils, housing associations and the Welsh Government to provide homes in rural areas that local people can afford.

Share Power: Share Success

affordable housing local needs rural communities Wales rent enabler RHE Cartref Community Housing Cymru CHC Powys

Public opposition to affordable housing is a bigger barrier than a developer’s financial position or land availability, according to frontline Councillors in England and Wales. 59% Of the Councillors also believe that ’Early involvement of local communities in discussions about the location of developments’ would make rural housing development more acceptable’.

Bro Machno Community Council, Conwy.

An open afternoon/evening will be held in Tyn Porth Hall, Penmachno on Tuesday 14th August 2012 between 4.00 and 7.00pm.

Powys Montgomeryshire private rented sector

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - Powys Montgomeryshire private rented sector

The private rented sector plays an important role in housing people in Montgomeryshire and elsewhere. Economic circumstances as well as political drivers make it likely that this private rent sector will increase in importance. This means there is an opportunity for more engagement between the private and public sector and not for profit housing providers.

Minister launches website

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler - Huw Lewis Housing Minister

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage will join nine Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) in the village of Llanbedr on May 31 to launch their new website and to see first hand three rural housing schemes made possible by work done by the Enablers.

Affordable homes in Dinas Mawddwy

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Gwynedd Dinas Mawddwy

Godre’r Coed (translated as ‘at the foot of trees’)

Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd

3  bed terrace of 3

Cymdeithas Tai Clwyd

Four out of five will get no council home

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Council homes waiting list

Of all the thousands of people registering to rent a Council House in Powys, only 20% will get a council house; the other 80% will need to look for alternatives.

Powys Rural Housing Enablers Newsletter April 2012

Local needs affordable housing in rural communities Wales - Rural Housing Enabler Powys Newsletter April 2012

Powys Rural Housing Enablers Newsletter April 2012 - click here.