Housing policy takes rural focus

11 Oct 01
The Housing Corporation is to make housing in the countryside a priority.

12 October 2001

The government has set registered social landlords a target of building 1,600 new homes in small villages by 2003/04.

But the corporation's new strategy, called Housing in Rural England, points out that better use could be made of existing homes.

The corporation has also promised to work more closely with regional development agencies.

Speaking at the launch of the strategy on October 8, Pam Warhurst, deputy chair of the Countryside Agency, said it was critical to increase the supply of affordable housing in the countryside.

'We also need to ensure that other mechanisms, such as funding and land use planning policies, support what we are seeking to achieve,' she added.


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