26 Mar

Government rural housing response welcomed

Government rural housing response welcomed

The government has provided its reaction to a report into rural housing issues that was chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Matthew Taylor last year.

In the response by housing minister Margaret Beckett and environment secretary Hilary Benn, the government said it broadly agreed with many of the recommendations, including the suggestion that there is a need to streamline planning and get local communities involved in the process of providing more affordable housing.

Commenting on the government's views, the Commission for Rural Communities stated: "The lack of affordable rural housing continues to be the single most pressing problem faced by rural communities."

It argued that enabling local people to get on the housing ladder will be vital for the futures of such areas.

An improvement in the supply of affordable housing in the countryside could help provide more opportunities for first-time buyers living in such areas to get on to the property ladder.

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