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Action urged to boost rural homes

May 17, 2006

Actually, this is the opposite of a rant; it's congatulations to the UK government on some clear thinking and planning!

"A big increase in subsidised housing to stop low-earners being priced out of rural areas in England is being called for by a government-backed group.

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A report by the Affordable Rural Housing Commission says at least 11,000 new homes a year must be built.

It suggests a new tax on second homes and more restrictions on the right to buy council houses in rural areas.

Without such action, rural communities will be reduced to retirement towns and "dormitories" for the wealthy, it adds. Villages and country towns must be allowed to evolve in the way they did in the past – they can't just be preserved in aspic.

"Most can probably absorb some more houses, as long as they are in scale and character and maintain the identity of individual communities." Commission chair Elinor Goodman said the issue of second homes was not a major problem across the country, but was a real concern in some areas where there was a disproportionately high number.

Full story: BBC News item

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