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Rural Needs Review 'Ignored'

Magazine article Public Finance

Rural Needs Review 'Ignored'

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Ministers have been accused of ignoring most of a major review into the housing needs of rural towns and villages.

Housing associations and environmental campaigners joined forces this week to claim that the government has failed to take up recommendations made last May by its own affordable rural housing commission.

The commission, chaired by broadcaster Elinor Goodman, said planners should place more emphasis on the social and other needs of rural communities, as well as seeking to protect the environment.

It called on the government to place further restrictions on the right to buy and to encourage development on public land.

Other recommendations included changes to planning rules to increase low-cost home ownership, and extra measures to reduce second homes and empty properties.

National Housing Federation's chief executive David Orr said rural communities were in danger of becoming the preserve of the rich, or dormitories for commuters. …

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