Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) offers both rented and shared ownership properties in order to provide housing for people’s differing needs and aspirations.
SARH has an ambitious development programme to build or acquire 600 homes by 2021. We will do this by:
- working with parish councils to bring forward rural exception sites for affordable homes
- identifying S.106 opportunities to work with house builders in acquiring new homes on their new build schemes
- acquiring land
- developing our own land such as small garage sites
- re-modelling existing stock that is no longer fit for purpose
We deliver our new homes by working in partnership with developers and we are members of the highly successful S3 Partnership.
Our new developments will benefit local communities not only by providing additional housing, but also by improving the local environment and bringing back into use redundant buildings. We ensure that our contractors take on local people as part of the construction workforce and provide training for apprentices.
What is a rural exception site?
SARH works with local parish councils in order to bring forward rural exception sites for new affordable homes and developments.
A rural exception site is an area of greenbelt land exempt from normal planning policy. These sites can only be considered under a well established planning policy called the rural exception site policy.
Planning permission for limited development is granted on sites where it has been demonstrated that housing is needed and the homes provided will be affordable and reserved for local people with a connection to the area.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), Housing Plus and Severnside Housing joined together to form the S3 development consortium in 2014.
S3 is named for its three members: Stafford and Rural Homes, Severnside Housing and South Staffordshire Housing Association (part of the Housing Plus Group).
Stafford and Rural Homes has identified there is a clear need to build more affordable homes in Stafford and the surrounding rural villages.