Homes are becoming increasingly unaffordable to locals, while the rigid planning system means housebuilding cannot keep up with population demand, further draining the countryside of its young people and workforce – at a time when agriculture is struggling to recruit and keep staff.
The CLA said small-scale developments are needed to support local employment and strengthen the social fabric of these areas, by ensuring pubs, shops and schools could stay open.
However, under the current planning system, large-scale developments – which negatively alter the nature of local communities – are favoured over more modest proposals.
The Government’s housing delivery target is 300,000 homes a year, but it has yet to reach that and in 2021 delivered just 216,000 homes.
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