Sustainable Rural Communities Annual Progress Report for 201

We are delighted to present the “Sustainable Rural Communities” Annual Progress Report for 2016/17.

In November 2016 we launched “Sustainable Rural Communities” our Rural Strategy and Action Plan.  The Strategy identified those housing needs and issues which are specific to rural areas and indicated how we plan to work with rural stakeholders to make a difference to rural communities over the next 4 years.  

This Report summarises our encouraging progress to date against each Action within the Strategy and highlights our key achievements during its first year. These include:
• A total investment of £48.4 million in our rural communities;
• construction commencing on 84 new build social homes in rural areas; and
• facilitating the refurbishment of four properties in Richhill and two properties in Portaferry through the Heritage in Housing Programme