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Fewer homes built on rural exception sites: CPRE's reaction

16 January 2017

Recently released DCLG local authority statistics reveal a stark reduction in the number of homes delivered on rural exception sites over the past year. 1,020 homes were delivered through the rural exception sites policy in England during 2015-2016, down by over 600 units on the previous year's output.

This reduction is concerning and may point to unintended adverse consequences of adaptations to the rural exception sites policy, introduced through the NPPF in 2012

As outlined in our recent report - On Solid Ground - the need for rural affordable housing is acute and remains as crucial as ever. Only 8% of rural housing stock is affordable, compared to 20% in urban areas.

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