Campaign aims to keep rural housing affordable

The Alliance, which provides a collective voice for rural housing associations, has drawn up the "Affordable homes for local people" pledge in an effort to tackle the problem of affordable housing in the countryside.

The six-point pledge, which was launched by Federation chair Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, calls on housing associations to work closely with local communities and councils when building new homes, and to ensure that affordable homes always remain affordable.

Chief executive David Orr said: "There has never been a more important time to campaign to keep rural housing affordable. Housing associations are under increasing pressure as their funding gets squeezed, but the desperate need for new affordable homes remains the same.

"The House of Commons forum and launch of the Rural Alliance pledge gives those involved in rural housing an opportunity to come together to crack some of the obstacles they are facing, and to show their commitment to rural communities right up and down the country."

The "Affordable Homes For Local People pledge" aims to:

* Work closely with the local community and Parish Council to find the right site;
* Always give qualifying local people in housing need first priority for every home;
* Ensure that affordable homes always remain affordable;
* Build sensitively designed, high quality homes to high environmental standards;
* Provide good quality and locally sensitive management services to our residents;
* Always respond positively to the local community.

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