Rural MP welcomed to tackle housing crisis in the countryside

09 July 2018

The CLA which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses across England and Wales has welcome North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse as new Housing Minister.

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said:

“Tackling the housing crisis is the principle domestic policy challenge of this generation. The shortage of homes is not only experienced in towns and cities but across our rural areas too. It is vital that the new Housing Minister shows strong leadership to navigate both the housing and planning systems.

“Ensuring the right type of homes are built in the countryside can breathe new life into villages and give these communities the chance to survive the future. However, positive development is too often held back by policies which do little to promote sustainable housing growth across rural areas.

“We welcome the fact that a rural MP is taking over this brief and I look forward to working with Mr Malthouse to ensure that landowners are part of the solution to help solve the rural housing crisis.”