Planning and affordable 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:
Planning and affordable rural housing

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This chapter focuses on planning and affordable rural housing. One of the important tactical solutions to the shortage of reasonably priced housing is the use of the planning system to procure affordable homes through development control. And an obvious answer to the basic question of how affordable housing should be provided is through some sort of subsidy on construction cost, whether the land to be built on is in private or public hands. In effect, part of the government's welfare spending was focused on the provision of affordable homes. This was the norm of the twentieth century, with the state using taxpayers' money to build public housing. However, in the later decades of the twentieth century, political support for this approach drained away because it was argued that full-cost subsidy for house-building by the public sector was an inefficient means of providing cheaper housing. Also, because land costs can account for a significant proportion of total build costs, it was believed that switching to land subsidy could be a means of reducing the burden on taxpayers while achieving the same level of affordability. Before discussing how this approach has been achieved and its success, the chapter first discusses the evolution of this approach and its origins, which were rooted with those of the planning system itself.

Keywords: planning system; affordable rural housing; building subsidies; land subsidies

Chapter.  6828 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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