17 Jun 2013

ORHP's 500th home celebrated

The Oxfordshire Rural Housing Partnership (ORHP) – of which GreenSquare is a part – celebrated its 500th Home in Rural Housing Week.

The event, at a new Sovereign Housing development in Kingston Bagpuize on 13 June, gave members of the ORHP an opportunity to celebrate their achievement.

Speaking at the event in his role as ORHP Chair, GreenSquare's Executive Director Andrew Smith said: “Great quality affordable housing is crucial to the long-term sustainability of our rural communities. Since 2003, the Oxfordshire Rural Housing Partnership has been working as a partnership of the four Oxfordshire District Councils and five local housing associations to promote and deliver rural housing. It is a testament to that hard work that we are celebrating our 500th home, helping to secure the future of rural towns and villages in Oxfordshire.”

The National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week aimed to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing to keep rural communities, villages, and businesses alive. In rural areas, house prices have nearly doubled in ten years, up 82% from £126,016 to £228,742. 

The ORHP supports the National Housing Federation’s Yes to Homes campaign, which gives local people the power to get more homes built in their communities. For more information, visit www.yestohomes.co.uk   

The development in Kingston Bagpuize is a 'rural exception' site. These are small housing schemes that fall outside normal local housing plans with the purpose of providing affordable housing to local people with a strong connection to the village who might otherwise be forced to move away from their communities. Twenty-one-year-old Emily Stroudley, who lives in the 500th home, is testament to this. She moved into her home just three weeks ago with her nine-month-old daughter Lilly-May, having previously lived with her mum in the nearby village of Longworth.