With the closing date for registrations looming (30 August 2019) book now to attend our National Rural Conference, (in association with the CCRI), in Cheltenham on 3rd & 4th September) here. The keynote speaker for the conference is the Rt Hon Lord Foster of Bath, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy.
Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough, highlighted that the UK housing crisis is not solely an urban problem and that, first and foremost, the root causes of limited supply should be tackled.
Tom Fyans of the CPRE said that money is a crucial factor: currently only 8% of rural housing is categorised as ‘affordable’ and this classification is made without taking into account rural salaries, which are typically lower than urban ones. John Lefever from Hastoe Housing Association – the largest rural housing association in the UK – argued it was essential to address ‘local housing need’ and maintain a ‘community connection’ when building new houses.
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