Wednesday, 20 August 2014 03:50

'Bungalows will ease rural housing crisis'

Written by  Ruralcity Media
'Bungalows will ease rural housing crisis'

BUILDING bungalows would help ease Britain's housing crisis, say rural business leaders.

The Country Land and Business Association said the government was "absolutely right" to promote bungalows as part of the solution to help resolve housing problems.

The comments came after housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis suggested prioritising the building of bungalows for older people would free up larger family homes.

A lack of rural housing for older generations left many with no choice but to relocate to towns, said CLA president Henry Robinson.

"A lack of house building in the countryside has meant that for decades older people in villages have been left unable to downsize," he said.

"Reluctant to move into urban areas where they would lose their support networks, they are choosing to remain in large family houses which are costly to run."

By 2021, 54% of households would be aged over 65 yet the current housing supply was failing to meet the needs of an aging population, said Mr Robinson.

Mr Lewis was absolutely right to promote the building of bungalows.

Single storey buildings would allow older people to stay in the countryside while simultaneously freeing up family properties - lessening the housing shortage.

"The government must not allow housing density targets designed for urban areas to limit the provision of bungalow housing in rural locations."

The organisation said it backed Mr Lewis's calls for traditional, "quintessentially British" design in the provision of bungalows.

Mr Robinson said: "Good design is crucial in all new developments and bungalows are no exception.

"We are happy to share with the Minister our collected examples of well designed bungalows of traditional appearance."

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  • Guest (Derrick Dyas)

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    There is, of course, some logic in building bungalows for elderly people to release family homes and in a perfect world this would enable families and the elderly to remain close to their roots.
    However, the market does not operate in a perfect way and unless the process is managed in some way, who is to prevent urban people taking up both the new bungalows or any larger houses released?
    I know a number of people who have moved in to rural areas and purchased bungalows before retirement.

    from Solihull, West Midlands, UK
  • Guest (Alan Whittaker)

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    dear Minister tell that to the builders.......who only want to build 4/5/6bed properties

  • Guest (Naizby Noble)

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    As an older resident who may well in the not too distant future need to move, it will not be driven by lack of suitable housing but by the lack of facilities in rural villages. The village I live in has 400 voters, no shop, 1 pub (under threat), no school, no public transport and few public facilities.
    We feel, as do many in a similar situation, that the only sensible option to achieve facilities close by is to move to a town.
    It has nothing to do with available housing. This is utter rot.

    from East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

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