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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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Private house-building

Private house-building

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The rural housing question

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Policy Press

The provision of new housing in rural Britain has been the result of the private sector activity. Councils, housing associations and other registered social landlords have commissioned new housing but have done little direct building themselves. The structure, conduct and performance of the private housing-building industry hence has a crucial bearing on supply and on supply responsiveness. In both academic and policy commentary, there is criticism of the industry for its way of working and for the quality of its output. However, in particularly thin markets that typify many rural housing systems, there can be constraints on what the builder can provide. This chapter discusses the nature of private house-building in rural areas. It examines the issues of rural housing quality, whether the design is demand responsive and sensitive to local context, and whether rural areas suffer the same variants on standardised housing designs seen in urban and suburban locations. Lastly, the chapter examines the role that self-build or self-directed housing might play in Britain's countrysides.

Keywords:   new housing, rural Britain, private sector, rural housing systems, standardised housing design, rural housing quality

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