Rural Housing Enabler Network in Wales

Our evaluation of the rural housing enabler network in Wales was published by the Welsh Government in January 2014.We found that: RHEs successfully put in place the essentials for housing delivery; as in Northern Ireland, small sites can be more costly t

Our evaluation of the rural housing enabler network in Wales was published by the Welsh Government in January 2014.We found that: RHEs successfully put in place the essentials for delivering rural affordable housing. Their input is valued by local authorities, housing associations and communities.The loss of the RHE role would reduce the already low levels of rural affordable housing delivery. Delivery is held back by a lack of capital funding, limited site supply, out of date local plans, planning policies that do not take account of financial viability and a lack of strategic leadership. The report recommends action at local and national level. At a local level: adopting a delivery team approach that involves all partners co-ordinated by the RHE; and stronger strategic leadership by those managing and funding the RHE role. At Welsh Government level: targeting some of its capital funding for rural delivery; and amending planning policy to allow cross-subsidy on rural exception sites.

Download RHE evaluation from Welsh Government website

Celandine Strategic Housing Rural and village affordaable housing