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Affordable Housing to Keep Our Countryside Alive

Our line up of speakers at the 2018 AGM Our line up of speakers at the 2018 AGM

Without affordable housing our villages will die.  We must protect the countryside and enhance it, by promoting the right kind of development in the places where it is needed most. This was the message heard by over 70 people at our AGM held at Glastonbury Town Hall in October 2018.

The audience ranged from CPRE Somerset members to Parish Councils to staff from Housing associations and Local Authorities. Speakers were Shaun Spiers, author of "How to Build Houses and Save the Countryside" & Chief Executive of the Green Alliance,  Tim Crabtree of Wessex Community Assets, Lois Lane of CPRE, Jane Birch of the Community Council for Somerset and William Habershon, local developer. 

Chris Lewis, CPRE Somerset Chair said "Across Somerset, we are regularly faced with planning applications for large housing estates stuck on the edge of villages, often largely executive style homes, most of which are too expensive for local people to afford. At this event, we wanted to show how rural communities can help themselves by finding innovative ways to provide good quality, affordable housing for local people.  Only in this way will our villages be able to thrive and support valued services like shops and schools."

After the speakers, members of the audience took part in a lively discussion follwed by the official AGM proceedings.  You can read the minutes of the 2018 AGM below and copies of the slides used by the speakers are available on request.

 You can watch a short video about housing issues in Somerset here


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