Azara Blog: More special pleading on behalf of rural Britain

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Date published: 2006/11/22

Moira Constable, chief executive of the Rural Housing Trust, says in the BBC:

More and more people are following their dream and moving out of the urban areas, either in pursuit of a much-vaunted lifestyle idyll or to invest in a second home.

It is no coincidence that at the same time, local people are deserting the villages where the houses once occupied by their parents and grandparents have become too expensive for them.
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Villages that become exclusive settlements for the wealthy risk losing everything that attracted the new inhabitants there in the first place.

Villages don't need any old housing; they need affordable housing. They need it for local people. Urgently.

Why is this situation any different from life in urban and suburban areas? Rural areas are nothing special except that under any rational definition they are "unsustainable" in that they must get whacking great subsidies from the rest of the country in order to survive, never mind thrive.

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