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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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Strategic and community initiatives in Britain's countrysides

Strategic and community initiatives in Britain's countrysides

(p.207) Eighteen Strategic and community initiatives in Britain's countrysides
The rural housing question

Madhu Satsangi

Nick Gallent

Mark Bevan

Policy Press

The need for affordable housing in rural areas is recognised. However, policy instruments for achieving supply of new homes have been overshadowed by the pervasive philosophy of ‘protecting the countryside’ in response to a long-standing ‘resource’ perspective of the rural areas, given new impetus by claims that protection brings about sustainability. Migration into rural areas has placed huge pressure on the rural housing stock, but it has also changed the perceptions of what rural areas are for, and for whom. Consumption interests have come to dominate many areas, hence resisting important developments and limiting responses to housing stress to those that might be classed as ‘tactical interventions’. Although the development of solutions to meet housing needs in the rural areas are characterised by remarkable innovation and initiative, these are not matched by the types of changes to mainstream policies that would allow such innovation to thrive. In the last few years, there have been signals from the government that a more fundamental shift was emerging. There has been a greater urgency in the drive to deliver affordable housing, and the rural areas as well have started to share at least some of this urgency. This chapter discusses the strategic and community initiatives of Britain's countrysides. It discusses the community initiative in Britain's countrysides in the context of national policy, focusing on the value of local actions now and in the future.

Keywords:   affordable housing, rural areas, migration, rural housing stock, housing needs, community initiatives, strategic initiatives, sustainability

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