Around 50 people have registered to attend a free seminar focusing on the challenges of delivering affordable and market housing in rural communities on Tuesday, 22 May at Bishop Burton College.
Hosted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership, the event will include updates about policy from both a local and national perspective, a series of break-out sessions.
Looking at funding for housing schemes, promoting community-led housing, addressing fuel poverty in rural areas and combating rural housing needs among older people.
The day will also feature a range of guest speakers who can provide local and national insight on rural housing issues.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment at the council, said:
“As one of the largest rural authorities in the country, this council is committed to doing all it can to support rural communities.
“This event will bring together experts in the field of rural housing and those with an interest in working together to address local issues. Outcomes from the break-out sessions will help the council and the rural partnership to identify opportunities to address housing need in these areas.”
One of those speaking at the event is Monica Burns, external affairs manager (North East) for the National Housing Federation.
“A lack of truly affordable housing is putting a huge strain on East Riding’s economy, population and vital community services. We’re excited to be part of this event which will put a spotlight on these issues and hopefully come up with sustainable solutions.
“Our ‘five star plan’ aims to end the housing crisis in the countryside. Housing associations will identify local need and make sure that any homes built are genuinely affordable to those who need them.”