2021 Summit Programme

Our outline programme of events (see below) for the 5 main days of the Summit includes a mix of panel discussions, interactive workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions and will be complemented by the publication of resources and re-recorded content across the seven days. Further sessions will be added as they are confirmed and additional material to support the themes of the summit will be published throughout the summit week.

The conference will be free to attend and delegates are welcome to select a range of sessions throughout the week to create their own schedule for the Summit, tailored to meet their specific areas of interest. Keep an eye out here, on our TwitterFacebook or Instagram profiles, or sign up for our email alert list for further updates.

Monday 22nd Feb: Community-Led Housing

9.30am: Approaches to community-led housing (webinar with Q&A)
Hear how rural communities have used a variety of routes to tackle housing need in their own areas.
Confirmed speakers: Helen MacDonald – Mull & Iona Community Trust, Mike Staples – South of Scotland Community Housing, Allan Shepherd – Wales Cooperative Centre, Martha Shields – Eden Housing Association
Book your free space on the ‘Approaches to community-led housing’ session

12.00pm: Rural housing 1-2-1s
Looking for support for your community-led housing project? Book a 20 minute session with a rural housing enabler in your area to find out what help is on offer for your specific project, no matter what stage you are at.
Bookings open shortly

12.30pm: Collective action on community-led housing (Q&A)
Hear from some of the individuals and communities using collective approaches to tackle a range of housing needs and goals and ask your own questions about cohousing, collective self build, mutual home ownership, and more.
Confirmed speakers: Jenny Rambridge – Hope Cohousing, John Kinsley- John Kinsley Architects, Paul Chatterton – University of Leeds
Book your free space on the ‘Collective action on community-led housing’ session

2.30pm: Support for community-led housing (panel discussion)
What support do communities need to facilitate community-led housing? How are different countries providing this? And what more needs to be done?
Confirmed panelists: Casey Edwards – Wales Cooperative Centre, Shaheena Din – Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, Pete Duncan – National CLT Network, Derek Logie – Rural Housing Scotland
Book your free space on the ‘Support for community-led housing’ session

4.30pm: Ask a planner (Q&A)
Need help demystifying the planning process? Join us for 45 mins of quick-fire questions on planning for rural communities across different areas. Questions submitted in advance.
Confirmed panelist: Hannah Belford – Savills (Scotland)
Book your free space on the Scottish ‘Ask a planner’ session

Tuesday 23rd Feb: Quality Homes for Rural Communities

9.30am: Innovation in sustainable rural housing (webinar with Q&A)
Explore some of the innovative technical solutions to providing energy efficient, affordable homes in rural areas.
Confirmed speakers: Craig White – Agile Homes, Peter Wilson – Build Back Rural, Neil Sutherland – Makar
Book your free space on the ‘Innovation in sustainable rural housing’ session

12.30pm: Modular housing for rural communities (webinar with Q&A)
Join the Wee House Company as they use practical examples from their current project delivering affordable homes for Mull and Iona Communities Trust to walk you through the off-site modular construction process.
Book your free space on the ‘Modular housing for rural communities’ session

2.30pm: Homes for health and wellbeing (panel discussion)
How does housing impact on the health and wellbeing of people in rural communities, and how could an integrated approach to housing be an effective tool in improving public health?
Confirmed panelists: Sandy Halliday – Gaia Research, Emma Osmundson – Exeter City Council, Sheena Raeburn – Landscape Architect
Book your free space on the ‘Homes for health and wellbeing’ session

4.30pm: Ask an architect (Q&A)
Do you have questions about design, energy efficiency, build materials or how to get the best from a housing site? Join us for 45 mins of quick-fire questions on architecture for community-led housing with Michael Leybourne from Savills. Questions submitted in advance.
Book your free space on the ‘Ask an architect’ session

5.30-6.00pm: Rural housing 1-2-1s
Looking for support for your community-led housing project? Book a 20 minute session with a rural housing enabler in your area to find out what help is on offer for your specific project, no matter what stage you are at.
Bookings open shortly

Wednesday 24th Feb: Affordable Homes for All

9.30am: Sustainable rural housing (webinar with Q&A)
Find out how sustainable rural housing models minimise environmental impact, reduce fuel poverty and improve health and wellbeing.
Confirmed speakers: Keith Henson – Barcud (Wales), Kevin Garvey – National Housing Federation (England), John Gilbert Architects, John Kinsley – John Kinsley Architects
Book your free space on the ‘Sustainable rural housing’ session

12.30pm: Sharing our communities: Homes, second ‘homes’ and huts (panel discussion)
How do we strike the balance between serving the needs of those who live in our rural communities, and allowing others to enjoy the countryside?
Confirmed panelists: Lesley Riddoch, Richard Heggie – Urban Animation
Book your free space on the ‘Sharing our communities’ session

3.30pm: The quiet rise of rural homelessness (webinar with Q&A)
How is rural homelessness impacting on our communities and what could we be doing to tackle it? International perspectives on the under-reported problem of rural homelessness, its characteristics and impact on rural communities.
Confirmed speakers: Terrilee Kelford – National Alliance to End Rural Remote Homelessness (Canada), Derek Logie – Rural Housing Scotland, Ruth Montgomery – Rural Housing Association (N. Ireland)
Book your free space on the ‘Quiet rise of rural homelessness’ session

Times TBC: EXPO 1-2-1s
Book a 20-minute one-to-one session with an expert from one of the companies taking part in our EXPO for advice on everything from funding and planning to design and project management.
Bookings open in February

Thursday 25th Feb: Resourcing for Rural Housing

9.30am: Land for housing (webinar with Q&A)
How do rural communities access land for housing? What happens when you give communities right to buy land? Hear about approaches taken in different countries and the early impact of land reform in Scotland.
Confirmed speakers: Debbie Mackay – Savills, Tom Chance – National Community Land Trust Network (England), Calum Macleod – Community Land Scotland, David Stewart – Scottish Land Commission
Book your free space on the ‘Land for housing’ session

12.30pm: Funding routes for community-led housing (webinar with Q&A)
From traditional mortgages to more innovative approaches such as community shares, find out how rural communities are funding new homes to meet local housing need.
Confirmed speakers: Jon Lee – Ecology Building Society, Anne-Helene Sinha -CAF Venturesome, Morven Lyon – Community Shares Scotland
Book your free space on the ‘Funding routes for community-led housing’ session

2.00pm: Create your own crowdfunder (workshop)
Join us as crowdfunding experts, Paved With Gold, take us through the steps for creating an effective crowdfunding campaign then work in small groups to create an outline plan for a community-led housing project.
Workshop facilitators: Paved with Gold
Book your free space on the ‘Create your own crowdfunder’ session

4.30pm: Funding Q&A (Q&A)
Do you have questions about funding rural builds? Join us for 45 mins of quick-fire questions with our expert panel.
Confirmed panelists: Jon Lee – Ecology Building Society, Chris Jamieson – Social Investment Scotland, Peter Allan – Cohere
Book your free space on the ‘Funding Q&A’ session

Times TBC: EXPO 1-2-1s
Book a 20-minute one-to-one session with an expert from one of the companies taking part in our EXPO for advice on everything from funding and planning to design and project management.
Bookings available in February

Friday 26th Feb: The Future of Rural Places

9.30am: Repopulating rural (webinar with Q&A)
Repopulating our rural areas can build sustainable communities for local and national benefit, but what is needed to ensure sustainable and positive regrowth in rural areas, and how do initiatives such as rewilding and the green economy fit with the needs of local people?
Confirmed speakers: Magnus Davidson – University of the Highlands and Islands, Jeremy Leggett – Bunloit Estate
Book your free space on the ‘Repopulating rural’ session

12.30pm: Rethinking rural (panel discussion)
Now more then ever rural communities have the potential to connect globally, bringing the world their door and sharing their own brand of innovation and resourcefulness with others. We discuss how the image of the rural idyll has changed and ask if some communities are still being left behind.
Confirmed panelists: Prof. Mark Shucksmith – Newcastle University; Magnus Davidson – University of the Highlands and Islands, Amanda Burgauar – Commonweal, Alex Durie – Architect
Book your free space on the ‘Rethinking rural’ session

2.30pm: Building cultural and economic capacity (webinar with Q&A)
How are businesses and individuals working to build cultural and economic capacity within their rural communities? How does housing provision affect this? And what action is being taken to tackle housing need to enable thriving communities?
Confirmed panelists: Susan Cull – Shorefast Operations, David Nichol – Live Work Shetland, Prof. Sarah Skerratt – Royal Society of Edinburgh
Book your free space on the ‘Building cultural and economic capacity’ session

4pm: Rural housing 1-2-1s
Looking for support for your community-led housing project? Book a 20 minute session with a rural housing enabler in your area to find out what help is on offer for your specific project, no matter what stage you are at.
Bookings available shortly


We are delighted to be working with UN-Habitat, Ecology Building Society and partners across the UK, Ireland and beyond to bring you the Rural Housing Summit in place of our annual conference in 2021.