Councillors' Views Sought on Future of Rural Housing
Councillors across the country are to be asked their views on the future of rural housing.
The National Housing Federation, through its Save Our Villages campaign, is highlighting the shortage of affordable rural homes. Now it wants local councillors to help uncover the extent of the problem.
Campaigns officer, William Summers said: "Without sufficient affordable housing, many local people will be priced out of rural England."
This would further threaten the viability of rural services and shops, Mr Summers claimed. The Federation is asking councillors in rural local authorities across England for their views on rural housing in their own wards.
All responses would be treated anonymously, said Mr Summers. High house prices are seen as one of the most pressing rural issues. The National Housing Federation represents 1,200 not-for-profit housing associations, many of them covering rural areas. Collectively, its members provide 2.5m homes for more than 5m people.
In the run-up to the general election, all three main political parties have highlighted the importance of affordable rural homes. The Liberal Democrats have pledged to promote schemes like equity mortgages to increase the amount of rural affordable housing.
Meanwhile, the Tories have warned of a "serious shortage" of affordable homes in the countryside. Labour has pledged to continue to provide specific support to rural areas. "We are building 10,000 homes in rural areas up to 2011," says the Labour manifesto.
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