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Shortage of Affordable Housing in Rural Areas

Government data published on 12 January 2017 has identified that only 1,020 affordable properties were built in England on rural exception sites in the past year, a three-year low.  It would seem that new ideas are needed to address the lack of affordable housing for rural families.
The CLA has reminded ministers not to forget the needs of rural communities by setting out five action points on how to help solve the rural housing shortage in anticipation of Government’s Housing White Paper which is expected to be published in the coming weeks.
The CLA’s five action points include:
1.  a review of the definition of ‘sustainable development’ with regard to rural communities
2. ensuring that provision for National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) development is properly reflected at local plan and neighbourhood plan levels
3. implementation of Local Plan Expert Group recommendations to ensure every area has an up-to-date, effective local plan
4. strengthening Permitted Development Rights for converting redundant agricultural buildings into rural homes
5. encouraging landowners to build and manage their own affordable houses.
Click here for CLA President Ross Murray’s comments
Click here for more from the CLA on the statistics on houses built on rural exception sites