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Baroness Young on Affordable Housing – More for rent and not all for the young

Monday, 11 June 2018 09:02

Professor Broadfoot CBE (Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire), Dame Janet Trotter (President of CPRE Gloucestershire), Baroness Young of Old Scone (Chair of Woodland Trust) Young of Old Scone Professor Broadfoot CBE (Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire), Dame Janet Trotter (President of CPRE Gloucestershire), Baroness Young of Old Scone (Chair of Woodland Trust) Young of Old Scone Lucy Blyth

11 June 2018

 

Baroness Young of Old Scone, guest speaker at the recent AGM of the Gloucestershire Branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), spoke out about the urgent need for rentable rural housing. Baroness Young said, “Many young people are not able to buy houses at all. We need to provide a renting option all over the County.” Baroness Young, who is Chair of the Woodland Trust, also highlighted the need to provide affordable housing for the older generations too. “Older people, who have lived their whole lives in rural towns and villages, are also being squeezed out. Many have built up life-long friendships and support in their local community but cannot afford to stay. It all comes back to ensuring the right housing in the right places”.

Baroness Young’s comments reflect the concerns in CPRE’s recent report on Viable Villages. This report reveals how developers are using a loophole to renege on agreed affordable housing quotas.

This year’s CPRE AGM, held at the Renishaw Innovation Centre near Wotton-under-Edge, enjoyed record numbers of attendees. Affordable housing was at the top of the agenda and the subject of most members’ questions. Professor Broadfoot, Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire said, “It is clear that CPRE members, and the general public, are very concerned about the lack of affordable housing for all ages. Our research shows that developers are using viability loopholes to reduce the number of affordable houses they provide”. Professor Broadfoot continues, “House prices in rural Gloucestershire are often higher, although wages are lower, and the lack of affordable housing is driving out families, young people and older generations. No wonder we are seeing shops, banks and post offices closing at an alarming rate”.

Viable Villages is a report recently released jointly by the housing charity, Shelter and CPRE. It concludes that the “crisis of affordable housing supply in rural settings is poorly understood, and is not discussed with anything like the urgency it deserves. Shelter and CPRE are addressing this gap, using new research across eight rural local authorities, to shine a light on the impact of viability assessments on the countryside ahead of the government’s review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).”

CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) is a charity dedicated to the protection of the rural landscape and rural life for future generations. The Gloucestershire Branch works to protect, promote and enhance our county towns and countryside by influencing planning policy, supporting the views and work of those who live in rural locations and ensuring land is not lost forever to poor quality development. 

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