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Rural House Prices Drive Families Away

26-3-06

http://www.aboutproperty.co.uk/news/planni...#036;409837.htm

Rising house prices and a shortage of new properties are driving families out of rural areas, according to a new report.

It reveals that young people in the countryside are finding it harder to get on the housing ladder than their counterparts in the cities.

This is partly due to house building levels, which fell by four per cent in rural areas between 2003 and 2005, compared to a 19 per cent increase in urban areas.

The levels of affordable housing being built is also lower in rural areas; just six per cent of housing built in the last two years in rural areas can be classified as affordable, compared to 16 per cent in urban areas, research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows.

The housing prospects of young families have also not been helped by a 36 per cent decrease in the availability of council housing as a result of right-to-buy schemes. In some rural communities the entire council housing stock has now been sold.

This has been compounded by upward pressure on house prices from retired people, commuters and second home buyers.

"In our visits to various rural locations, we have seen and heard the impact of losses of council housing and the failure to replace them: the next generation of local people with a claim to live in those communities face seemingly insuperable housing problems," said the JRF's Lord Best.

To help ease the situation the JRF is calling for action from the government, including making better use of empty properties such as unused farm buildings.

It wants to see 1,750 new social housing properties built a year in smaller rural settlements, and 3,000 homes a year built in larger rural areas.

The JRF is also calling on the government to employ an additional 100 Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) to work with local authorities and housing associations to determine housing need and find suitable sites.

Just 6% of houses are affordable in rural areas and only 16% in urban areas? What's terribly wrong with this picture????

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Why do they only mention rural and cities?

Why don't they talk about all the small towns that should be developed to cater for all the non-city dwellers.

Expansion of small towns is the answer. Build loads of cheap affordable housing there for the rural peasants. Free bicycle with every property. And if they're close enough to the cities provide excellent public transport links as well and, then, build loads of cheap affordable houses. Flood the countryside around small towns with houses. Rows and rows of identical pre-fabricated new build to maximise the economies of scale.

Vote Ignorant - "less thinking makes life easy"

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Rural House Prices Drive Families Away

26-3-06

http://www.aboutproperty.co.uk/news/planni...#036;409837.htm

Just 6% of houses are affordable in rural areas and only 16% in urban areas? What's terribly wrong with this picture????

Unfortunately this is all too true.

In my village in which my family has a long history, many of the locals have been forced out by high house prices and replaced by townies who don't contribute to the community or local businesses - as a result; close relationships among residents are eroded and there is no community anymore.

The TV programmes portraying the countryside as such a great place to live don't help either, IMO they should share some of the blame in the destruction of the rural community.

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Unfortunately this is all too true.

In my village in which my family has a long history, many of the locals have been forced out by high house prices and replaced by townies who don't contribute to the community or local businesses - as a result; close relationships among residents are eroded and there is no community anymore.

The TV programmes portraying the countryside as such a great place to live don't help either, IMO they should share some of the blame in the destruction of the rural community.

Why do you have to live in your village? Isn't nearby also acceptable. Surely 30 miles isn't a huge distance either.

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Rising house prices and a glut of overpriced properties are driving families out of rural areas, according to a new report.

It reveals that young people in the countryside are finding it harder impossible to get on the housing ladder than their counterparts in the cities.

This is partly due to rampant house price inflation, which rose by four hundred per cent in rural areas between 2003 and 2005, compared to a 19 per cent increase in urban areas.

The levels of unaffordable housing being built is also higher in rural areas; all of housing built in the last two years in rural areas can be classified as unaffordable, compared to 96 per cent in urban areas, research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows.

That's better!

(truth hurts the financial interest's wallet so it's anything but drops in prices to solve the problem)

Edited by A Fool & His Borrowed Money

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