Please find below our briefing note ahead of the Westminster Hall Debate on “Supply of homes and affordable homes to buy” (John Redwood, Con, Wokingham) on Thursday 13 July, 1:30pm.
Many rural areas are suffering from a lack of housing, especially affordable housing. Population growth, combined with migration from urban areas, has seen the rural population grow by 800,000 in the last decade, driving up house prices and pricing many families out of the communities in which they work and in which they have often been brought up. Sustainable house building is needed urgently.
As well as implementing a number of important proposals in the Housing White Paper, the Government should introduce incentives for landowners to make land available for affordable housing, and make better use of Permitted Development Rights for converting agricultural buildings into homes.