Alarm at growth in rural waiting lists
An average of almost 15,000 people are joining housing waiting lists in rural areas every month, the National Housing Federation has warned.
The NHF spoke out at the launch of a new rural housing campaign in partnership with the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
The organisations warned that almost 700,000 people were stuck on waiting lists for affordable homes in rural England. The number of people waiting for an affordable home in rural areas has jumped by 37 per cent – up from 507,757 in 2003 to 695,735 last year.
The NHF and the CPRE this week launched an eight point blueprint setting out how they feel the supply of affordable homes could be increased in rural areas.
They say the only way to solve the problem is to build a limited number of affordable homes in every village and rural town where a need has been identified. They have also called on the government to publish a clear timetable for responding to Liberal Democrat MP Matthew Taylor’s report into the rural housing crisis, which was published in July.
David Orr, chief executive of the NHF, said: ‘Ministers need urgently to implement the key recommendations in the Taylor review and the federation and CPRE joint action plan if they are to help those in need of an affordable rural home.’