This book analyses the key forces affecting the affordability of rural homes in Britain and the changing shape of housing markets. It takes as its starting point, demographic trends impacting upon rural communities and upon market dynamics. From this point, it explores consequent patterns of housing affordability, examining changing opportunities in the rental and sale markets, at different spatial scales. The book also focuses on how markets are analysed, and how data are selectively used to demonstrate low levels of affordability, or a lack of need for additional housing in small village locations.
Building on the demographic theme, the book considers the housing implications of an aging population, before the focus finally shifts to community initiative in the face of housing undersupply and planning's future role in delivering and procuring a more constant and predictable supply of affordable homes. In a speculative conclusion, the book ends by examining the current political trajectory in England, and the prospects for housing in the countryside in the context of localism and neighbourhood planning at a village level.
This book was published as a special issue of Planning Practice and Research.
1. Introduction: New Agendas in Planning and Rural Housing Nick Gallent 2. Urban–Rural Differences in Commuting in England: A Challenge to the Rural Sustainability Agenda? Tony Champion 3. Affordability and Supply: The Rural Dimension Glen Bramley and David Watkins 4. English Rural Housing Market Policy: Some Inconvenient Truths? Mike Coombes 5. Planning for an Ageing Population in Rural England: The Place of Housing Design Mark Bevan 6. Community Land Ownership, Housing and Sustainable Rural Communities Madhu Satsangi 7. Affordable Housing in ‘Village England’: Towards a More Systematic Approach Nick Gallent