A young family who were priced out of the housing market in the East Yorkshire village they grew up in have become homeowners thanks to a shared ownership scheme with Together Homes.
Pictured Ellen, 27, Brendan, 34, Dyson and their children Riley, 7, and Phoebe, aged 9 months, who have just bought their first home together through a shared ownership scheme in Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire. Copyright: Yorkshire Post / James Hardisty
Brendan Dyson, 34, and his wife Ellen, 27, have upsized from a two-bedroom rental terrace to a three-bedroom, semi-detached home they can call their own.
The past 18 months have been a turbulent time for the couple and their two children in their struggle to get on the housing market in the scenic village of Hutton Cranswick.
Nestled in the East Riding of Yorkshire it offers an idyllic vision of community life, but increasingly the cost of homes has become far removed from local people and their incomes.
An average home in the East Riding is more than seven times the average income and according to the National Housing Federation, the average worker in the area would need a 67% pay rise to be able to afford to buy a home outright.
The couple had been renting from a private landlord in the village for seven years while being frozen out of home ownership.
However, when Ellen fell pregnant with their second child in the summer of 2018, the professional working couple found themselves in a desperate situation due to a lack of space and spiralling rent.
Brendan, who has lived in the village since the age of three, said: "We needed to move - it was urgent. Rents in the area just kept going up and up and we knew we wouldn't have enough room when the baby was born."
He stressed the importance for the family to remain in the village due to family ties and schooling for his seven-year-old son Riley at Hutton Cranswick School.
"My whole life is here," he said. "It would have been disastrous to have to leave the village. My family live here, I went to school here and my son goes to the local school."
Despite the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) support worker and his wife both earning good wages they were unable to find a suitable property. The couple resorted to looking further afield to the neighbouring market town of Driffield.
"There are no three-bedroom houses that you can afford," he said. "I earn a good living but I still couldn't get on the property ladder.
"We did think that we would have to leave the village. I've got a lot of friends that have left the area and it seems the only option.
"We had to start looking in Driffield but they were at the top end of affordability, and we were still considering renting, but everything has just been going up in price."
The family were close to giving up hope but were thrown a lifeline in the form of a shared ownership scheme with Together Homes, part of Together Housing Group.
Shared ownership allows those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to buy on the open market the chance to part-buy and part-rent.
Brendan added: "We had actually given up in some ways, but we were given a lifeline when we saw this development with shared ownership.”