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The rural housing questionCommunity and planning in Britain's countrysides$
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Madhu Satsangi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423856

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.001.0001

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Planning and land for housing

Planning and land for housing

(p.103) Ten Planning and land for housing
The rural housing question

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Policy Press

This chapter examines the policies on regional planning and rural housing, and the outcomes of the said policies at the end of the 2000s. It traces the persistence of debate and its link with representations of the countryside since the 1970s. It also considers the latest developments, especially the call for a market perspective and more responsive land release. It is argued that one of the implications of strategic market assessment and the drawing of ‘housing market areas’ — that is, that rural areas have no urgent affordability problem because rural residents are able to buy homes in nearby market towns or comparable centres — is an illusion that serves to perpetuate the social reconfiguration of Britain's countrysides.

Keywords:   land release, affordability, social reconfiguration, regional planning, rural housing, countryside, housing market areas, rural areas

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