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A cunning plan to allow allocation of rural exception sites?

Date: 28/8/2015

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the government will make it easier for villages to draw up neighbourhood plans and allocate land for new homes, including the use of rural exception sites to deliver discounted Starter Homes for young first-time buyers.

A plan for boosting productivity in rural areas, published by the Treasury and DEFRA says that the government will increase the availability of housing in rural areas. "Through the right combination of measures, the government wants to ensure that any village in England has the freedom to expand in an incremental way, subject to local agreement," it says.

The rural productivity plan says that the government will "help our villages to thrive by making it easier for them to establish a neighbourhood plan and allocate land for new homes, including through the use of rural exception sites to deliver Starter Homes".

John Silvester, the POS Communications Manager, said that rural exception sites have always been a possibility but by definition impossible to allocate. He added "I hope Osborne has a cunning plan to remedy this."

  • UPDATE 28th August: David Hackforth, planning consultant and a former POS President, told Planning magazine he questioned what will happen after five years. "There's no control over subsequent disposal," he said. "It doesn't take much imagination to predict what will happen when they come up for sale. They will be bought by second-home buyers or better-off people."

JDS260914_web.jpg John Silvester david-hackforth-pos.jpg David Hackforth

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