11 Jun

30-somethings struggling to afford rural housing

30-somethings struggling to afford rural housing

Rising house prices in the countryside are forcing people in their 30s to abandon villages in preference for urban areas, according to new research.

Figures from the National Housing Federation revealed that the number of homeowners aged 30-44 has dropped by nearly nine per cent in rural areas over the past ten years, while this has increased in towns and cities.

Furthermore, there are now two per cent fewer under-45s in rural areas, but six per cent more in urban conurbations.

Gill Payne, director of campaigns and neighbourhoods at the National Housing Federation, said that young people are being priced out of rural England by rising housing costs and are therefore having to move elsewhere in order to raise their families.

"If we don’t start building more homes that ordinary families can afford, our treasured rural England will become the preserve of the old and wealthy," she added, warning that local shops, pubs and the village school could be things of the past.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801597165-ADNFCR

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