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Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Data blog: Dip in affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites

Data blog: Dip in affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites

The number of affordable homes built on rural exception sites has tumbled to its lowest level for three years, according to figures published this week.

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Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Five key messages from Labour on rural planning

Earlier this month, shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell gave a keynote speech to the annual British Institute of Agricultural Consultants rural planning conference. Here is what we learned.

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Are councils still sceptical about barn conversions?

Last year we found that more than two thirds of applications to convert barns to homes under new rights were being refused. Has this changed, asks David Dewar.

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

How National Park boundary extensions could affect planning

Boundary extensions that "virtually join" the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Lake District National Park have taken effect, but planning policies for the expanded areas will remain a potential source of confusion for some time.

Is planning a barrier to economic development in rural areas?

Is planning a barrier to economic development in rural areas?

Rural lobby groups have claimed in submissions to a government review that planning is a barrier to economic development in the countryside, but planning officers maintain that the system readily supports sustainable forms of development in rural areas.