New homes now a certainty

PUBLISHED: 20:01 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:45 20 April 2010

THE Rural Services Network has welcomed the publication of a report into the rural economy and affordable housing.

THE Rural Services Network has welcomed the publication of a report into the rural economy and affordable housing. The report, compiled by Truro and St Austell MP Matthew Taylor on behalf of the Prime Minister, backs a wave of development in the South West and recommends 35 per cent of new homes are affordable. East Devon District Council is already striving to ensure 40 per cent of new developments are made up of affordable homes and Honiton has been earmarked for at least 900 new dwellings. A statement, issued by the Rural Services Network last Wednesday, said: "We welcome the main thrust of the report and its findings. "Despite the credit crunch, affordable housing remains one of the most pressing issues affecting the countryside. "Adequate affordable housing in rural areas is vital - not only for people who live in the countryside, but people who live everywhere. "A whole host of key rural workers, can't afford to buy their own homes. "Local businesses, which depend on local labour and rural employees, are also seriously hampered by the knock-on effects of the lack of affordable housing.

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