Time for a strategy for the rural economy

This report sets out a range of recommendations across different policy areas to tackle the challenges facing the rural economy.

With regard to housing and planning the report states that

  • Government should provide a full and comprehensive exemption for all rural areas from the policy to limit affordable housing contributions on small sites
  • Government should consider suspending the local authority Right to Buy or making it voluntary for local authorities in specific locations, to ensure that much-needed affordable housing is not lost where it would be difficult or impractical to replace it
  • Government should revisit the merits of a spatial plan for England, particularly as it relates to rural areas, to ensure that planning policy operates in a framework where land use priorities are properly considered above the local level.

Author: House of Lords

Date: April 2019 Date of publication

This item updates DCP section 9.1323

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