Proposed Affordable Rural Housing in

West Kingsdown Parish

Welcome to the online consultation pages from English Rural.

Here you can read information about who we are, find out about our proposals, read FAQs and give us your feedback.

You can also register your interest in living in one of our homes.

Some of the English Rural Team

About English Rural

English Rural is a specialist non-profit rural housing association, established in 1991. We only build and manage homes in village locations, principally across the south of England. All the homes we build are community-led and designed to benefit local people. We are also one of the leading national advocates on affordable rural housing issues, with HRH The Princess Royal as our Patron.

Generally speaking, we develop our homes on ‘rural exception sites’. This enables us to ensure they are affordable and secured for local people – forever. Our residents and the local community are at the heart of what we do and we only work at the invitation of the Parish Council.

Affordable doesn’t mean poor quality. Our homes are designed and built to high standards, usually using local design features and ensuring that their environmental impact is minimal. We build beautiful homes that villages can be proud of and our homes consistently win awards for design and construction.

To find out more about us and to see our past and current developments please visit:

School Lane, West Kingsdown

What Is Proposed?

We are proposing to design, build and manage a small development in School Lane of eight affordable rented and two shared ownership homes for local people. The scheme would comprise the following homes:

  • 2x one bedroom flats

  • 4x two bedroom houses

  • 2x two bedroom houses (for shared ownership)

  • 2x three bedroom houses

In addition, 3x three bedroom open market homes are proposed. These will provide valuable cross-subsidy for the affordable homes. Two plots will be for sale to local people wishing to downsize and one will be retained by the landowner. You can learn more about cross subsidy in our frequently asked questions.

Visit the 'Visuals' page to view ideas of what the scheme might look like.

Proposed Location

Please refer to our FAQs to learn how this site was selected.

The proposed site is to the South of West Kingsdown village and adjacent to The Old School. Access to the proposed homes would be from a new junction with School Lane . The overall site area is approximately 1.5 acres and comprises a largely flat grassed field.

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Community Benefits

Watch a video on the benefits that affordable rural homes bring to communities. Hear from English Rural residents who explain how they, their families and the local community have benefitted from being able to live in an affordable rural home.

Click on the video to play.

Learn more about our proposals, read FAQs and give us your feedback.

You can also register your interest in living in one of our homes.

The Feedback page is now closed. Your valued comments will be considered by the Parish Council at their next meeting on the 23rd March. Please check back for an update soon. In the Interim please refer to our 'Response to Feedback' page.