Strategic and community initiatives in Britain's countrysides

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:
Strategic and community initiatives in Britain's countrysides

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The need for affordable housing in rural areas is recognised. However, policy instruments for achieving supply of new homes have been overshadowed by the pervasive philosophy of ‘protecting the countryside’ in response to a long-standing ‘resource’ perspective of the rural areas, given new impetus by claims that protection brings about sustainability. Migration into rural areas has placed huge pressure on the rural housing stock, but it has also changed the perceptions of what rural areas are for, and for whom. Consumption interests have come to dominate many areas, hence resisting important developments and limiting responses to housing stress to those that might be classed as ‘tactical interventions’. Although the development of solutions to meet housing needs in the rural areas are characterised by remarkable innovation and initiative, these are not matched by the types of changes to mainstream policies that would allow such innovation to thrive. In the last few years, there have been signals from the government that a more fundamental shift was emerging. There has been a greater urgency in the drive to deliver affordable housing, and the rural areas as well have started to share at least some of this urgency. This chapter discusses the strategic and community initiatives of Britain's countrysides. It discusses the community initiative in Britain's countrysides in the context of national policy, focusing on the value of local actions now and in the future.

Keywords: affordable housing; rural areas; migration; rural housing stock; housing needs; community initiatives; strategic initiatives; sustainability

Chapter.  7391 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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