'Housing in the rural economy' - CLA launch report into housing provision in rural areasChallenging the Government's policy on rural housing, the CLA is to launch 'Housing the Rural Economy' on 9th February. This comprehensive report highlights the barriers that exist to the provision of suitable housing in the countryside and tables practical proposals to Government, local councils and planners, housing associations and landowners themselves. The CLA has been increasingly concerned that an inadequate provision of rural housing is making it difficult for rural people to afford to stay in the communities where they grew up and is frustrating the ability of the rural economy to serve the needs of the countryside and the country as a whole.
This report sets out the findings and the recommendations of a working group which has brought together the practical experience of CLA members with the expertise of professional planners, housing associations and others active in the provision of rural housing.
They found that the pressures on rural housing are likely to increase unless urgent action is taken. That the national debate on housing and current planning policies are neglecting the growing crisis in housing in rural areas - particularly in villages in the wider countryside. And, that the problem of affordable housing cannot be addressed in isolation from the insufficient supply of rural housing as a whole.
The recommendations given in the report are not a charter for concreting the countryside. Rather, they are practical proposals to Government, local councils and planners, housing associations and landowners themselves, to enable villages and smaller settlements once more to grow organically and incrementally, as they used to do.
The proposals will be taken to Westminster, Whitehall and local authorities. Part of the CLA's job will also be to work with others and to highlight the imaginative ideas being pioneered in different parts of the country.
Following the official launch of the report on 9th February, the report will be presented in the House of Commons to an audience of MPs and Peers, together with other stakeholders from rural and housing organisations.
Copies of the report will be available via the CLA website on 9th February.
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