Rural Housing Solutions

October 2007 to present

Previous Career History

Current work

  • Affordable Housing Technical support and Adviser for ACRE includes:
    • Drafting responses to Government consultations
    • Organising training for Rural Housing Enablers
    • Providing briefings and updates for ACRE Network members
  • Revising Rural Housing Alliance's Parish Councillors Guide to Rural Affordable Housing

Recently completed

  • Supporting Cornwall Council's response to Government consultations on the Future of the Planning System and Planning White Paper - 2020
  • Writing Guidance Notes for CPRE members on rural affordable housing - 2020
  • Assessor for Community Housing Fund Hubs Grant - 2019/20
  • Compilation of a Guide to Community Led Housing for Planners - commissioned by ACRE - endorsed by RTPI 2019
  • Presentation and submission of evidence to House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy - 2018

Examples of past work completed through Rural Housing Solutions

Evaluation and Reviews of policy and practice

Enabling Support

  • Part of team supporting Dartmoor National Park develop its housing policies for the review of their Local Plan - 2018
  • Drafting bid and campaigning for funding to support Rural Revolving Land Banks in North Yorkshire, Dartmoor/Exmoor NPA and Hampshire 2018/19
  • Report into barriers hindering the delivery of rural affordable housing for the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing - 2018
  • Range of briefing notes on rural implications of proposed changes to national policy relevant to the delivery of rural affordable housing including:
    • “Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places”
    • Housing White Paper“Fixing the Broken Housing Market”
    • Revisions to the NPPF - 2018
  • Support Local authorities deliver Year One of the Community Led Housing Fund -funded by Nationwide Foundation - 2017
  • Part of team assisting Purbeck District Council explore use of Principal Residence policy - 2017
  • Part of team supporting Dartmoor National Park revise its affordable housing SPD 2016
  • Drafting bid and campaigning for funding to support Rural Revolving Land Banks in North Yorkshire, Dartmoor/Exmoor NPA and Hampshire
  • Written Statement as part of West Berkshire and Reading Councils submission for Judicial Review of the Government’s 10 unit threshold policy – 2015
  • Drafting SPD for Winchester City Councils policy for cross-subsidy on rural exception sites –2013
  • Advising Lincolnshire Rural Affordable Housing Partnership on alternative mechanisms for providing rural affordable housing - 2013.

Research, Evidence, Good Practice Guidance

  • Incentivising rural affordable housing through changes to the tax system - for RICS - 2018
  • Co-author of De-mystifying rural affordable housing: A Guide for Landowners’ published by Strutt and parker 2017
  • Co-author for report on Access to Social Care for older residents in rural areas - 2017
    ( launched at Rural Vulnerability event - House of Commons)
  • Briefing and support for Lord’s amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill 2016
  • Part of team involved in Whole Plan Economic Viability Assessment for New Forest National Park - 2017, Exmoor National Park 2016

Other roles

  • Vice Chair National Community Land Trust
    2013 to 2020
  • Director and Vice –Chair Lincolnshire Community Land Trust
    2012 – to present


  • Post graduate diploma in planning (distinction) University of the West of England
  • BSc Econ Planning Studies University College Swansea
  • Mentor for the IDeA Rural Excellence: phase one programme

Commission for Rural Communities

Sept 07 – March 09

Part-time Senior Policy Advisory – rural affordable housing


Jan 2005 – Oct 2006

Secretariat for Affordable Rural Housing Commission
Head of rural affordable housing team

Housing Corporation

Nov 2004 – Dec 2006

Investment Manager – East Midlands
Regional lead for rural affordable housing

Countryside Agency

April 2000 – Oct 2004

Senior Policy Advisor – affordable housing and social exclusion

Rural Development Commission

Nov 1994 – April 2000

Senior Policy Advisor – affordable housing and planning