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Chair of national housing organisation visits rural Leicestershire

"Our success springs from a genuine understanding of rural communities built up over several decades and the expertise of our team."

Richard Mugglestone, MRH Project Delivery Manager

Richard Mugglestone with Monica Burns and Baroness Warwick

The Chair of the National Housing Federation (NHF), Baroness Diana Warwick of Undercliffe, has visited Leicestershire to see the excellent work that Coalville-based Midlands Rural Housing (MRH) are doing to provide affordable homes in the county’s rural communities.

Baroness Warwick has been Chair of the NHF, the national umbrella organisation for housing associations in the UK, since September 2015, and was made a Labour life peer in 1999.

Part of social housing and care provider, emh group, MRH works in partnership with local authorities and parish councils to enable affordable homes for rent and shared ownership to be built in rural communities. It also provides housing management and maintenance services to four county-based housing associations in the Midlands.

The Baroness and Monica Burns, the NHF External Affairs Manager for Rural Housing, were shown around schemes in Breedon-on-the- Hill and Appleby Magna by Craig Felts and Richard Mugglestone, Managing Director and Project Delivery Manager of MRH respectively. During the tour, the Baroness was keen to learn the problems that MRH regularly overcomes in order to prevent people in rural communities from being priced out of the towns and villages in which they grew up. Craig Felts and his team pointed to the success of the projects they had been involved with over the years, and the way in which the new homes all across the county have been assimilated into their communities.

After the tour Monica Burns said: “Both Baroness Warwick and myself were hugely impressed with the rural housing developments we saw, both in terms of design and quality, and also in their obvious contribution to enabling local people to remain in their villages. This is rural housing at its best, and the MRH structure clearly enables it to be delivered through a range of partners and approaches.”

Richard Mugglestone added: “With spiralling housing costs it is now more important than ever that we strengthen and support rural communities by creating access to genuinely affordable housing. Our success springs from a genuine understanding of rural communities built up over several decades and the expertise of our team. We were delighted to show the Baroness just some of our successes.”

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