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Whitestone Chapel, Withington - Development updates
Posted on: Wed 4th September, 2019

The latest updates on our Whitestone Chapel development in Withington.

Bath Street Hereford
Posted on: Wed 21st August, 2019

It starting life as a Working Boys’ Home in 1877 and went on to become Herefordshire Council's registry office.

Posted on: Tue 30th July, 2019

Recent months have seen increasing numbers of stories in the local and national press about ‘county lines’ and ‘cuckooing’. But what exactly do they mean? And how do these issues affect our communities across Herefordshire?

Rural Housing Week - Job Club and the search for employment
Posted on: Fri 28th June, 2019

Our innovative Job Club service has expanded into more rural areas across Herefordshire, providing a supportive environment designed to help people back into employment.

Rural Housing Week 2019
Posted on: Fri 28th June, 2019

The National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (1st – 5th July) shines a spotlight on successful rural developments, reinforcing the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.

The family of Brummie Stokes cut the ribbon
Posted on: Mon 10th June, 2019

The first residents can now move into the affordable housing development, named after local legend John ‘Brummie’ Stokes.

CIP Gardening Competition
Posted on: Tue 28th May, 2019

Do you have green fingers? Do neighbours gaze enviously at your marigolds? Enter our annual Gardening Competition for your chance to win a £25 shopping voucher.

Posted on: Wed 8th May, 2019

Together With Tenants is a groundbreaking new initiative from the National Housing Federation that aims to create stronger relationships and clearer communication b

Blackfriars Street
Posted on: Wed 6th March, 2019

The Blackfriars scheme will be made up of 31 affordable rent (HomePoint) apartments (22 for over 50s) and 20 for private rent (1 and 2 bedroom).

Posted on: Tue 5th February, 2019

Connexus, the group which looks after Herefordshire Housing, South Shropshire Housing Association and Meres and Mosses Housing Association have been shortlisted for 3 awards at the UK Housing Award

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Rural Housing Week - Helping local people into affordable housing

Rural Housing Week - Helping local people into affordable housing

Posted on: Fri 28th June, 2019

Rural Housing Week 2019 tackles the complex issues around Building for rural communities. Here we use our Watling Close development in Canon Pyon as an example of the work Herefordshire Housing do to meet the specific needs of our rural communities while driving up housing supply.

The idyllic village of Canon Pyon sits only 8 miles outside of Hereford city centre, yet the housing issues facing a rural community like this can be worlds away from those found in more urban environments. Canon Pyon always boasted a relative wealth of local amenities when compared to many other Herefordshire villages, with a thriving primary school, village shop and The Nag’s Head pub helping to maintain a real sense of local community. In recent years, however, there was a sense that a lack of investment in affordable housing had begun to have a negative effect, with local people driven further afield by increasingly high private rents and sales values.

Working in partnership with contractor GP Thomas, Herefordshire Housing began work on our Watling Close development on the outskirts of Canon Pyon in 2016, with all properties handed over to residents by February 2018.  It was clear from the start that the housing needs in the area were not going to be met with a ‘one-size fits all’ solution, and so Watling Close features a mix of affordable housing and open market properties (5 social rent, 8 affordable rent, 4 private rent, 5 shared ownership, and 8 open market properties). This mix has helped to create a truly sustainable community with housing options for a range of income levels.

Recent Government statistics estimate that over 9,000 properties across Herefordshire are classed as being in fuel poverty, with residents struggling to maintain an adequate living standard after paying their energy bills. Addressing this issue in the long-term was a priority at Canon Pyon and all 30 properties were fitted with air source heating. This eco-conscious innovation uses warm air extracted from the house to heat filtered air drawn from outside.

Victoria Tomlinson, Director of Development, explains more about the challenges met by Watling Close and our future developments:

 “I’m proud of our development at Canon Pyon and our continuing commitment to delivering affordable homes for rural communities. We worked with a local contractor on this development ensuring local jobs could be sustained, local apprenticeships supported and investment secured for the local economy. The huge variety of housing tenures provided here helps to support local people with a wide range of budgets, enabling them to live in the community they love.”