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Evolving agendas in rural housing

Madhu Satsangi, Nick Gallent and Mark Bevan

in The rural housing question

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423856
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423856.003.0004
Evolving agendas in rural housing

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Early reviews are important for they reveal how concerns for rural housing, rural economies and rural communities have evolved over the last century. However, these concerns, traceable in a variety of inquiry spots, have become more sophisticated, more focused on the link between communities and economies and less concerned with superficial state of housing stock. However, they failed to become sophisticated enough, missing the bigger picture and failing to spot the housing shortages after the nationalisation of development rights and the creation of a comprehensive system of land-use planning. This chapter reviews and charts the trajectory of concern over the last century. It provides samples of key inquiries from the different parts of Britain, examines their main concerns and considers the extent to which they addressed ‘rural fundamentals’. Did they advance understanding of the rural housing question, or did they instead generate lists of actions that governments might take to placate sections of the rural population, like using sticking plasters for gaping wounds?

Keywords: rural housing; rural economies; rural communities; rural fundamentals; housing shortages; concern; early reviews

Chapter.  6641 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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