Rural housing plan success

A SCHEME designed to help people stay in their own rural communities helped 28 local families and six elderly residents across the Wellingborough area.

New figures released today as part of Rural Housing Week have revealed the impact of four small housing developments completed in Bozeat, Sywell, Little Harrowden and Wollaston during the last three years. In each case, Wellingborough Council says it has prioritised people with a connection to each village as tenants for the homes.

A council spokesman said: “Living in the countryside has become more popular in recent years, meaning the price of rural homes has increased and many young people growing up in the villages have been unable to afford to stay in their communities.

“The council worked with the Homes and Communities Agency, Northants Rural Housing Association and parish councils to help provide affordable village homes.”