Affordable Housing: Rural Areas

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 27 February 2023.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that (a) local councils and (b) housing associations develop plans for more Rural Exception Sites.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The National Planning Policy Framework already makes clear that planning policies and decisions should be responsive to local circumstances in rural areas. Our Rural Exception Sites policy allows for the development of small affordable housing sites in rural areas, with the majority of housing on these sites being available to local people in perpetuity, and we published planning practice guidance in 2020 to help local authorities and developers bring more of these sites forward.

Our proposals for the National Planning Policy Framework launched for consultation on 22 December 2022 and we would encourage engagement with the consultation. As part of this consultation we are seeking views on how we can strengthen the role of community groups in delivering affordable housing, particularly in rural areas.

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