Rural Housing Solutions

October 2007 to present

Previous Experience

Projects 2010-12 include:

Enabling support - policy development and implementation

  • South Northants - advice on Core Strategy policies for rural affordable housing
  • Winchester City Council - critique of draft policy for cross-subsidy on rural exception sites.


Both local authorities included a policy for cross-subsidy for exception sites in their draft Core Strategies. Winchester's has been approved by the Planning Inspector, South Northants has yet to go to Inquiry.

Enabling support - Co-ordinator/strategic partnership support

  • Setting up and supporting Lincolnshire Rural Affordable Housing Partnership (LRAHP).
  • Secretariat for East Midlands Rural Housing Group.
  • Setting up Lincolnshire Community Land Trust.


Set up LRAHP to the point that it is an established partnership with mechanisms to manage, monitor and deliver rural affordable homes.

Joint work plan agreed, including quarterly meetings between HCA and RPs/LAs to improve delivery and funding of rural affordable homes across the East Midlands.

LCLT now fully operational, with two schemes funded under the HCA's Community Led Programme.

Evaluation and review of policy and practice

  • Validation and advice for Devon Rural Housing Partnership 2011.
  • Review of rural enabling in Worcestershire 2011.
  • Review of North Yorkshire Rural Housing Enabling programme 2010.
  • Evaluation of the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) Programme and facilitation of development of subsequent action plan.


HARAH, North Yorkshire and Devon made changes to the structure and funding of their partnerships and have gone on to maintain delivery of rural affordable homes in a challenging funding environment.

Training for officers and councillors

  • Warwickshire, Devon, Yorkshire, East Hampshire, Sussex, Northumberland, Suffolk

Research and Evidence

  • CiH East Midlands - Impact of the credit crunch, recession and government policy on the housing sector in the East Midlands.
  • Input into rural proofing of NPPF - briefings and advice to CLG, CRC meeting with Minister, formal submission on behalf of consortium of rural development consultancies. 2011
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park / New Forest District Council - Part of 3 Dragons team economic viability assessment.

Commission for Rural Communities

2008 – 2009

Senior Policy Adviser Affordable Housing Lead.


2005 – 2007

Lead on affordable housing policy and Secretariat for the Rural Affordable Housing Commission.

Housing Corporation East Midlands

2004 – 2005

Investment Manager with rural portfolio.

Countryside Agency / Rural Development Commission

1995 – 2004

Senior Policy Advisor – affordable housing and planning.

Freelance Housing and Planning Consultant

1989 – 1994

Essex Rural Community Council

1983 – 1986

Rural Communities Officer.

Member of the RTPI.