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Housing in the Autumn Statement: CPRE's reaction

23 November 2016

Current, undeliverable housing targets are based on the idea that demand equals need, but they are very different things.

 

Paul Miner, planning campaign manager at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), says:

“In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor spoke of funding for new homes for “in-demand” areas, but we fear this will lead to further urban sprawl, particularly in the South East, and fail to deliver the nationwide growth the Government wants.

“We hope the £2.3bn fund helps provide communities with the type of homes they really need, and meets previous commitments to prioritise brownfield land.

“We also hope the Government’s welcome new funding for affordable housing will provide a fair share for rural communities, where only 8% of the housing stock is affordable.”

 

The chancellor said a Housing White Paper would be published ‘in due course’: see CPRE’s hopes for the document here.

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