Rural Housing, HARAH and Hampshire Homes Hub

The demand for Affordable Housing is particularly high in rural areas.  Many rural people having been forced to leave areas where they were brought up and have family ties, or where they work because they simply cannot afford the housing which leads to the displacement of ties to the local area and thus an erosion of communities.

Over the past 15 years we have been working with HARAH (Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing), Parish Councils and local people to help build a number of affordable housing schemes on exception sites.  These homes are specifically provided for people on the housing register with a strong local connection to their Parish – they live there; used to live there and still have family living there; or they work there.  Over the past two years we have also been working with The Hampshire Community Housing Partnership to deliver community led housing.

On 1 April 2020 these two partnerships merged to become Hampshire Homes Hub - a partnership to increase the supply of rural and community led housing, primarily as affordable homes, to meet local needs in Hampshire. 

Hampshire Homes Hub is based at Action Hampshire in Winchester, with community led advisers providing expert support to Parish Councils and community groups to deliver rural and community led homes. 

The support offered by Winchester City Council and Action Hampshire as part of the Hampshire Homes Hub partnership will continue, see Hampshire Homes Hub rural affordable housing.  

  • South Wonston


    Winchester City Council hosted a Consultation Event on Monday 16 December from 6pm to 9pm.

    The consultation looked at the previously identified sites to be considered for Affordable Housing in South Wonston.

    Feedback from this consultation is available to view in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.

  • HARAH's development partner

    On 1st June 2016 HARAH began working with a new development partner. Hampshire Village Homes were selected following a competitive selection process in 2015/16 involving a number of registered housing providers. Hampshire Village Homes are a consortium of 5 housing providers with a strong history of providing quality rural housing.

    The Hyde Group (Hyde) were HARAH's development partner from 2005 to 2016, providing a significant number of new affordable homes.

  • Completed schemes

    To date, 144 new homes have completed, through the HARAH partnership, in the Winchester District, with a further 63 homes in the pipeline and due to be completed by 2018.

    Schemes completed recently in Winchester District are as follows:

    • Lower Chase Road in Waltham Chase is a scheme of 13 homes by The Hyde Group, which was completed at the end of March 2018. It comprises a mix of 1 bedroom flats for rent and 2 and 3 bedroom houses for rent or shared ownership.
    • Culverlands Close in Shedfield is a scheme of 13 homes by The Hyde Group, which was completed in May 2018. It comprises a mix of 1 bedroom flats for rent and 2 and 3 bedroom houses for rent or shared ownership.

    To see a list of current or completed schemes, please look at the HARAH website.  Further information on the schemes currently under development can be found on the Council's website

If you have any questions please email: or phone 01962 840 222 and ask to speak to Nigel Baldwin.


  • Culverlands Close, Shedfield