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Rural Housing

The Rural HeLP Project is an initiative set up to identify and address the affordable housing needs of local residents in the rural areas. The lack of affordable housing is a pressing issue facing local residents in our rural villages.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council recognises the need to preserve rural communities and enable local people on modest incomes to remain in, or move back to, the community in which they already live or work or with which they have strong local connections. This supports the village's economy and sustains services to the benefit of all members of its community.

The Borough Council works in partnership with the Parish and Town Councils as well as Action with Communities in Rural Kent to undertake housing need surveys, identifying the need for new homes and working together to find solutions.

Any housing built as part of the project will remain in perpetuity for the local community and will be allocated to people who have a local connection with the Parish.

Accessing housing under the Rural HeLP Project

To be considered residents will be need to complete a Housing Register application form and also prove their local connection by completing a local connection form. Please see the Housing Register information for advice and a link to the online registration form.

Are you a landowner with land in the rural areas?

If you own a site in the rural areas that you wish to sell and at the same time benefit your local community, then Tunbridge Wells Borough Council would like to hear from you, please see our information for rural land owners.

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