Hastoe Housing Association, a specialist provider of rural affordable homes in the south and east of England, met Northern Ireland’s own specialist rural provider Rural Housing
The two associations met courtesy of a study visit organised by NIFHA. They are pictured at Millvale Close, Annaclone which is an excellent case study in community involvement and partnership working.
Millvale Close was developed as a result of Rural Housing’s commitment to sustaining small rural communities. With NIHE they fostered good relations within the Annaclone community which led to them to establishing the clear need and desire to have social housing in Annaclone.
Stephen Fisher, Chief Executive of Rural Housing Association, commented:
“Working in partnership with the NIHE and the local community at a grass roots level identified a clear local commitment for social housing. Hastoe’s representatives are seeing first-hand how this partnership working created better housing in an area of need and is helping to sustain small rural communities. Rural Housing Association is delighted Hastoe, an Association with similar distinctive aims and objectives, is taking the time to see how Rural Housing Association, in its own unique way, tries to help safeguard and regenerate local rural communities.”
The total cost of the scheme was £1,105,656 with £581,221 invest by Rural Housing through private finance. The scheme’s twelve homes were built with lifetime homes, secure by design and fitted with solar water heating panels so resident’s have free hot water for most of the year.