According to new research by the CLA, of 70 Local Plans from rural local authorities, 2,154 villages across England have been deemed unsustainable. This means that housing allocation, which includes the delivery of affordable homes, within these rural communities is either highly restricted or not permitted at all; further intensifying the rural housing crisis.
Topping the list was Cornwall with 213 areas deemed unsustainable, followed by Wiltshire (168) and Central Lincolnshire (132).
Speaking on the matter James Del Mar, Executive Director for Rural Solutions, states: “The rural economy needs to be healthy to ensure the whole UK economy is achieving its full potential. However, with a planning policy which results in the restriction of so many rural houses being built, it is difficult. People who want to live and work in rural areas cannot for want of housing. Read More