Saturday, 14 June 2014 22:12

'Where next for rural affordable housing?'

Written by  Ruralcity Media
'Where next for rural affordable housing?'

A RURAL housing review is exploring how more affordable homes can be provided in the countryside.

'Where next for rural affordable housing?' is the question posed by Lord Best, chairman of the Rural Housing Policy Review.

Set up by Hastoe Housing Association, the Rural Housing Policy Review is exploring what has changed since the production of key reports into rural affordable housing published from 2005 to 2008 - and what now needs to happen to assist delivery.

The review group is chaired by Lord Best and includes authors of these key reports, Lord Matthew Taylor and Elinor Goodman, plus movers and shakers of rural affordable housing delivery from across the country.

Findings of the Review will inform recommendations to national policy makers and assist those responsible for delivery.

The review needs input from local authorities. Much has changed since 2008 - a different economic climate exists and new policies have been introduced.

Researchers are particularly interested in how have these affected councils' ability to deliver rural affordable housing and what still needs to be done.

Local authorities can directly contribute to the review by completing a short tick box questionnaire that can be accessed by clicking here.

Organisers say completing the questionnaire will take about 15 minutes and be enormously helpful to the review group.

Completed questionnaires should be returned by 25 June to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Any questions or queries should be directed to Jo Lavis via her email address. Also contact Jo if you would like to participate in the questionnaire but are not a local authority.

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  • Guest (Pete)


    Most 'affordable' housing built in my area, is anything but. Developers get planning approval on sites where they wouldn't normally not get it, due to the inclusion of affordable and social elements, but prior to completion, say these elements are no longer financially viable and have any conditions removed, or ignore them. These houses are then taken up by older people, either wishing to retire or as second homes, leaving our young people still unable to buy, so they move away.

  • The changes in the NPPF (para 54), once reflected in Local Plans, could open the way to much more affordable housing being built on sites which until now have not proved sufficiently viable to attract developers. Few landowners have been prepared to make such sites available purely for affordable housing, but many more may be prepared to do so for a mixture of market and affordable housing. This will have the incidental benefit of ensuring that affordable housing is integrated with market housin

    from Cambridgeshire CB22, UK

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