The article written by Calor Gas highlights the shift of urban workers, retirees and second home owners to the countryside, and the resulting pressure on rural housing markets and affordability for local people.
According to statistics from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the average lower-quartile house price has risen to 9.1 compared with 7.4 in predominantly urban areas.
The report highlights that while the National Planning Policy Framework has increased rural housing delivery through its presumption in favour of sustainable development, this has been through schemes that ‘simply bolt executive housing estates onto rural communities with little thought to their needs’.
? Inside Housing - The price of countryside living: how can it become more affordable?
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