Rural Housing case study


A new affordable home in Dunsfold

Dunsfold is a rural village in Waverley which lies in the Weald and has the Wey and Arun canal running through it. These appealing features mean that the village is attractive to many and over the years house prices for a terrace property have increased to an average of £557,856, making it unaffordable for local families and young people hoping to get a foot on the housing ladder. A housing needs survey carried out by Surrey Community Action’s Rural Housing Enabler found a need for 30 homes, with 89% of respondents supportive of more affordable housing.

Dunsfold Parish Council has long supported the provision of affordable rural housing in the village and in 2014 they once again sought to establish if there was a continuing need and support for a further scheme of affordable homes. Our Rural Housing Enabler worked with the Parish Council and English Rural Housing Association to help develop a scheme for Miller Close which was given planning permission in 2018 and completed in 2020.

Planning restrictions will ensure the eight homes will always remain affordable and local people with a connection to Dunsfold will always take priority as residents.

Find out how people with local connections have benefitted from the scheme and read more about the opening of the scheme by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal.

Photo courtesy of English Rural Housing Association.

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