Sunday, 15 November 2009

Rural villages need more homes for LOCAL people .

We need sustainable growth in villages . We need local housing for local people affordable and especially built for key workers etc. The countryside is dying. Our village schools are suffering through lack of pupils.
Salaries for those who work in rural communities are much lower than their urban counterparts.
Rural exception sites for house building should be allocated for village people and not for second home owners.
Large landowners are reluctant to part with land for these local needs, landowners are only interested in profit, and it is they who will part with their green belt/ and good quality agricultural land for huge gain.
Many villages are screaming out for twenty or thirty extra homes to keep their villages breathing and alive, restrictions like conservation areas and aonb/ greenbelt are difficult to overcome.
We have no such thing as immigration here in our rural areas, just the loss of homes to weekenders and holiday cottages, and locals squeezed out of the market.

1 comment:

  1. One thing people forget as they drive through the wonderful British Countryside is that it is so pretty because it is cultivated. Cultivated by Farmers. Farmers who grow the stuff you eat and drink. Farmers and their families and support services live in rural communities. If the Farms are no longer viable and are left to go to seed. Strangely they will not revert to virgin woodland, they will revert to nettles, ragwort, gorse and brambles. Maybe in a few hundred years the trees will take over the weeds. Politicians and law makers need to understand this simple fact as they drive past the wonderful rolling fields on the party conferences.