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Planning and land for 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/9781847423856.003.0010
Planning and land for housing

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This chapter examines the policies on regional planning and rural housing, and the outcomes of the said policies at the end of the 2000s. It traces the persistence of debate and its link with representations of the countryside since the 1970s. It also considers the latest developments, especially the call for a market perspective and more responsive land release. It is argued that one of the implications of strategic market assessment and the drawing of ‘housing market areas’ — that is, that rural areas have no urgent affordability problem because rural residents are able to buy homes in nearby market towns or comparable centres — is an illusion that serves to perpetuate the social reconfiguration of Britain's countrysides.

Keywords: land release; affordability; social reconfiguration; regional planning; rural housing; countryside; housing market areas; rural areas

Chapter.  3363 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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