This Rural Housing Week, Babergh and Mid Suffolk are inviting residents and community groups to come together to celebrate and learn from the world of affordable and local needs housing.
The councils, in partnership with Hastoe Housing Association and Community Action Suffolk, have organised a morning of information on and discussion of rural housing issues. The issues on the agenda include:
The morning begins at 10am on Wednesday 4 July at Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street, Lavenham, CO10 9QT. The discussions will be followed by a chance for attendees to meet each other and share their experiences of housing provision in Suffolk at a networking lunch.
Cllr Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “There are so many types of housing that it can get quite daunting for anyone new to the system to understand it – affordable housing, council housing, housing associations, community land trusts, market housing – but this event aims to give residents the information and support they need to make sense of housing delivery. More than that, we hope to give communities the knowledge necessary to drive housing delivery in their own areas, shaping the proposals and meeting their needs.”
Cllr Jan Osborne, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Housing shortages are rarely out of the news, and Rural Housing Week is an opportunity not only to talk about how this shortage affects rural areas, but also to shout about the excellent work communities themselves can do and are doing to address the problem. Here in Lavenham we have an incredible example in the Lavenham Community Land Trust, and I hope many more communities will be inspired to follow their example and deliver the housing that is right for them.”
Attendance is free and anyone interested can contact Elizabeth Ling, Community Housing Enabling Officer, on 07808 201 939 or via email.
The workshop takes place in the middle of Rural Housing week, a national, annual celebration that aims to highlight rural housing issues and showcase innovative solutions for tackling them. It’s 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 explain how housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.