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How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside$
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Shaun Spiers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339991

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339991.001.0001

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Rural housing

Rural housing

(p.65) Three Rural housing
How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside

Shaun Spiers

Policy Press

This chapter explores good and bad examples of house building in rural areas, what makes people oppose development and what might persuade them to support it. For all the concerns about imposition and inappropriate development, there is a strong case for more rural housing—much more in some places. The trouble is that there is generally zero confidence that a new development can result in better places. Indeed, the common and justified assumption is that development causes harm; that promises of affordable housing, good design, and green infrastructure will be negotiated away on grounds of non-viability; and that local people will be lied to and forced to accept whatever the developer can get away with. It is not always like this, but it almost always seems like this to local people faced with development—development that is always framed as meeting housing numbers, rather than creating a better place.

Keywords:   house building, development, rural housing, affordable housing, green infrastructure

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