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New affordable housing development in Barton St David New affordable housing development in Barton St David Photo: © Raglan Homes


Living and working in the countryside is increasingly difficult for very many people on lower household incomes. The Commission for Rural Communities found that the average rural house costs almost seven times the average annual rural household income in 2007.

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Affordable homes, Reeves Paddock, Priddy Affordable homes, Reeves Paddock, Priddy

Affordable housing helps to keep villages alive and keeps communities strong.  It is widely recognised that affordable housing should be a priority for new building in the countryside yet, often, schemes are compromised by market forces and developers who plead that they cannot aford to include the expected percentage of affordable homes.

Are you fighting a proposed housing development but you live in an area with no five year housing supply or where the Local Plan is considered out of date?  If so, this article by a CPRE Somerset Planning Volunteer could be useful to you.

It focuses on a judgement made in March 2016 by the Court of Appeal about two housing cases - in Cheshire East and Suffolk.This judgement makes it clear that housing cases can still be refused in cases where Local Plans are considered out of date - even though the NPPF carries a presumption "in favour of sustainable development". 


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