News Update - Rural Housing Week

We're celebrating Rural Housing week from 3rd - 7th July. Find our full schedule of events here.


The shortage of affordable homes for local people can be a significant factor in the decline of rural facilities and services. Housing costs have soared and incomes have not kept pace with this increase.

Hear first hand how one tenant coped with the allocations process and was able to move her family back into the village 3 generations of her family grew up in.


In many areas of Devon the cost of an entry level home is more than 9 times the average income. This means that local people are often forced to leave their community to find a home they can afford. This affects people of all ages, from adult children wishing to leave home to young, growing families and older people who may wish to move to a smaller, more manageable property.


Devon Communities Together is a member of The Devon Rural Housing Partnership, a group of Local Authorities and Housing Associations working within Devon. The partnership has the combined skills to research the housing needs of communities and to work with those communities to deliver high quality, affordable housing in ways that are sympathetic to the particular needs of the community.

Our Rural Housing Team has developed a tried and tested process of working closely with our partners and rural communities to deliver affordable housing and we strive to increase the provision of rural, affordable homes for local people in Devon.

Our clients include Parish and Town Councils, Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Community Land Trusts, self-build groups, landowners and private developers.


Commission the Rural Housing Team

Our Rural Housing Enablers, Sue Southwell and Janice Alexander & Colin Savage, undertake consultancy work in addition to the programmes of work undertaken for our Local Authority and Registered Provider partners.

Services include:

  • Housing needs assessments in and beyond Devon
  • Village site assessments
  • Community development/engagement work
  • Training and workshops
  • Surveying of older people’s housing aspirations and needs
  • Bespoke reports on any issue relating to rural affordable housing

Case Studies
Neighbourhood Planning
Housing Partners and Links
Housing Need Surveys

For advice and support please contact:

Sue Southwell
email sue@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919 ext*121

Janice Alexander
email janice@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919 ext*122

Colin Savage
email csavage@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 07495 582912

Image: Spectrum Housing Association, Whimple