Affordable housing provision in rural areas
Growing crisis of affordable housing provision in rural areas
  • 5th Jul 2017
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New research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), shows a growing crisis of affordable housing provision in many rural areas.

Using Government data, the research indicates that the proportion of affordable homes being provided by non-metropolitan local authorities has halved in five years. In 2011-12, 35% of new dwellings in shire districts and unitary authorities were affordable; In 2015-16, this had decreased to just 16%. Other than a small recovery in 2014-15, those years showed continued decline.

As councils no longer receive direct funding for affordable housing, and, until recently, very few councils have been building homes (just 1,890 across the entire country in 2015-16), the main way affordable homes are currently provided is through conditions on developers being granted planning permission.

Recent research from the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) shows that councils are increasingly concerned about affordable housing and the effect that viability assessments have on providing it. In the TCPA’s study, over 60% of councils surveyed agreed that the viability test set out in the National Planning Policy Framework has hindered their ability to secure sufficient social and affordable housing to meet local needs.

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