Saturday, September 18, 2010
Calls for more houses to be built in villages
Village life in Britain is "dying out" because rural pubs are closing at a record rate, a report from the National Housing Federation has said. The federation, which represents England's housing associations, said key services were disappearing "at an alarming rate" and that affordable local housing was the key to saving traditional village life. And it said the closures reflected a declining demand for services in villages where local families had been priced out of the area by wealthy commuters, pensioners and second-home owners. Another factor was that there were too few new homes, it added. "Unless we build more affordable homes for local people, they will continue to be priced out of rural areas and services they support will vanish with them."