Rural Affordable Housing 

We’re supporting Rural Housing Week 2nd – 6th July 

Rural Housing Week 2018

Rural housing 5-star plan

Housing associations will:

  • Work with and for rural communities, in accordance with the Rural Alliance pledge
  • Increase the current level of housing supply in rural communities by 6% per year for each of the next five years
  • Bid for at least 10% of HCA investment to deliver new homes in rural areas
  • Ensure that homes delivered benefit the local economy, including the farming and food economy
  • Meet the needs of rural communities and contribute towards five key tenures as appropriate – homes for affordable rent, market rent, affordable home ownership, self-build and market sale.     


The Tring Rural Affordable Housing Needs Survey is running from 1st to the 30th June, 2018.  

This Survey concerns everybody who lives throughout Tring Rural Parish including the villages of Long Marston and Wilstone, or has family connections there.

Please click here to complete the survey; Please call us on 01992 289055 if you need help completing the survey.

To read about Community Led Housing Workshop, 20th February at Great Gaddesden Village Hall Please click here

Following our Affordable Housing Needs Survey these 4 new homes were built by Hastoe Housing Association and handed over to Gaddesden Row residents in December 2017.

CDA Herts supports rural communities with a need for affordable housing. We work in partnership with Parish Councils, District Councils and Registered Housing Providers to assess the need for affordable homes for local people.

Information is gathered through a Housing Needs Survey, which is distributed throughout the Parish, to obtain feedback from local residents on the specific need for affordable housing. If a need is demonstrated then a Rural Exception site can be used to provide affordable housing for local people and to remain so in perpetuity in that community.

By helping to provide critically needed affordable housing we are able to enhance and maintain the vitality of rural communities. Typically young adults seeking their first home or older people needing to downsize are forced to leave villages, or remain in inadequate housing due to the lack of available affordable housing.

Our housing work promotes sustainable development in rural areas and also leaves a legacy by providing a mix of good quality housing which will remain for local people for years to come.

In order to provide this service to local communities, CDA Herts has formed 3 partnerships with the District Councils in Dacorum, North and East Herts and their preferred rural Housing Association partners. With all the vested interest groups working together, the partnerships help facilitate the development process.

In response to a wider need to support Neighbourhood Planning Groups and communities looking at their future housing needs we can now offer Housing Needs Assessments and advice and support on Community Led Housing.

Contact Giles Meredith, Rural Housing Enabler

List of  our partners:

Dacorum Borough Council
East Herts Council
North Herts District Council
Hastoe Housing Group
North Herts Homes
Paradigm Housing Group
Hightown Praetorian & Churches H.A.
Network Homes

List of Parish’s assisted with Housing Needs Surveys:

St Ippolyts
Newnham & Caldecote
Kings Walden
Great Gaddesden
Nettleden with Potten End
St Paul’s Walden
Walkern Parish Council
Ickleford Parish Council 2017

Sir Mike Penning MP opens four new Passivhaus Homes in the village of Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

Sir Mike Penning MP opened four new affordable homes in Great Gaddesden (Herts), in memory of former Parish Councillor, Alan Johnson.

The four homes, built by Hastoe and supported by Great Gaddesden Parish Council, are known as Johnson Court, in memory of Alan, who died two years ago.Alan served for many years as a member of the Parish Council and was passionate about supporting new affordable housing for local people.

The land for the scheme was supplied by Dacorum Borough Council, who want to increase the number of affordable homes in the borough.

All the homes are let at affordable rents for local people with a connection to Great Gaddesden. They are built to the highly energy-efficient ‘PassivHaus’ standard, cutting fuel bills to as little as £120 per year. All the properties have solar panels – an aspect Cllr Johnson supported to reduce bills and carbon emissions.

Sir Mike cut the ribbon to officially open the scheme, which was also attended by Hastoe Chief Executive, Sue Chalkley, and Cllr Paul Harris, Chairman of Great Gaddesden Parish Council.

Sir Mike said: “It was a privilege to open Johnson Court. It’s a fantastic scheme – with homes let affordably for local people forever. It helps this rural community to remain strong as local people can afford to live in the village they were born and brought up in.”

“The super high energy efficiency standards will help keep bills down and make the homes even more affordable. It’s a great example of how to build new housing in rural areas.”

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of Hastoe, said:

“We’re experiencing a housing crisis in rural areas, as house prices are higher than the national average and local wages are lower. So has been great to work with Great Gaddesden Parish Council to build Johnson Court and provide safe, warm homes for local people. The Passivhaus standard and solar panels will save residents hundreds of pounds a year in fuel costs. It is a fitting tribute to Cllr Johnson’s memory.