CLA puts future of the village under spotlight at Conservative Party Conference

02 October 2017

Delegates at this year’s Conservative Party Conference came together on Sunday evening to discuss how we set an ambitious vision for the future of our villages. 

The event, organised by the CLA in partnership with TEM Property and Planning, heard from Communities and Local Government Minister Jake Berry and Daniel Humphries, Leader of Worthing Borough Council.

CLA President Ross Murray who chaired the event said: “Meeting housing needs is a defining challenge of our generation. This debate is so often focused on the needs of our urban centres, especially in the south east of England where it is bursting at the seams.

“There is however, no less a challenge facing our rural communities and there are big questions about the future of our villages in particular. Village communities are vital to our national identity, but also make a major contribution to our economy. The CLA is committed to leading the debate on how we create opportunities for young people to buy and rent homes, how we meet the housing needs of our ageing population and ensure we are giving our rural areas the best opportunities for a sustainable future.”   

Jake Berry set out government plans for the development of local industrial strategies. He urged people living in villages to ensure their voice is heard in the decisions to be made about local growth.

Daniel Humphries highlighted the importance of giving local authorities the powers and the means to direct investment into necessary infrastructure, to finding housing solutions for the ageing population in particular and ensure local authorities can engage local people in the planning process.  

Henry Brooks, Director of TEM Property and Planning, championed the vibrancy of communities and the economy in rural areas. He stressed the importance of tackling the market failures in the supply of housing and the importance of setting realistic and ambitious targets for meeting housing need in the plan making process.

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