What is Rural Housing Week?

The aim of the week is to highlight rural housing issues and to showcase innovative solutions for tackling them and supporting rural communities through the affordable housing process. This is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on successful developments that offer a lifeline to local people in our market towns and villages, and to reinforce the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.

Devon Rural Housing Partnership Events

Devon Rural Housing Partnership is celebrating Rural Housing Week 2017 with a number of events around the county showcasing the best of affordable rural housing and providing training and support for partners and local councils.

Tuesday 4th July – The Rural Housing Team have organised a Breakfast Seminar on the new Community Housing Fund and community led housing. This will be held at Devon Communities Together Offices at Matford Business Park, Exeter and is intended to raise awareness of the new Community Housing Fund and its advantages for housing associations and other housing providers.

Tuesday 4th July - Southwestern Housing Society will be holding a series of events with a number of presentations to local communities whose tenants are very involved in local activities.

  • Silverton Play School                        2.15 – 2.45pm            Devon
  • Lapford Scout Troop                         3.30 – 4.00pm            Devon
  • Stoke St Gregory Village Hall           10.00 – 10.30 am        Somerset
  • Cotford St Luke Primary School         11.15 – 12.15pm        Somerset

Each organisation will be presented with a cheque for £250.00 from the Society’s Community Fund.

Thursday 6th July –The Rural Housing Team have organised training in Devon Home Choice (the Devon wide housing register) for parish councillors and Community Land Trusts. This will be provided by Rupert Warren, Co-ordinator of Devon Home Choice, who will provide guidance on the Devon Home Choice process, including applying for the register, bidding for homes and the allocations process.

Saturday 10th July - DCH will be holding a Community Garden Party at the Newcourt Community Centre, Exeter where DCH staff along with residents will be planting fruits vegetables and other plants. The event will take place between 10am – 4pm. For further details visit DCH Gardening Party.

In addition to the above events which will take place during Rural Housing Week, the Rural Housing team will also be launching a rural Affordable Housing display which will run in 8 libraries across the county on a 2 week rolling basis. The display will commence on 3rd July and will run until the middle of October. Libraries included are:-

Axminster               3rd - 16th July

Sidmouth                 17th – 30th July

Tiverton                  31st July – 13th August

Newton Abbot          14th – 27th August

Totnes                    28th August – 10th September

Tavistock                11th – 24th September

Bideford                  25th September – 8th October

South Molton            9th – 22nd October

The display will include photographs of recently completed affordable rural housing schemes in Devon and will explain a little about the Devon Rural Housing Partnership and our work in the county. There will also be a game for younger children who can make a collage of a house from coloured paper shapes.

For more information contact Sue Southwell (Housing Enabler) sue@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919