Fewer than 1,000 affordable homes were built on Rural Exception Sites in 2017/18, despite an acute shortage of affordable homes in the countryside.
People in the UK want to live in villages but the need to have easy access to shops, transport and medical facilities and good broadband, new research has found.
Some 21% of people who are moving home said that they wanted to live in a village, making it easily the most popular type of location, compared to 14% for a market town and only 12% for either a big city or a suburb, according to the study by Strutt & Parker.
The Housing Futures Report found that broadband and mobile connections are essential to rural life. Access to broadband was a key factor for 49% of those intending to move to a village, while 38% highlighted mobile connectivity.
It reveals that with 60% want to be able to walk to shops, 48% close to local transport and 45% near to medical facilities.
New amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill in Scotland have the potential to create significant problems for the provision of rural homes, it is claimed.
The Bill has reached its stage two process within the Scottish Parliament with the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee meeting to discuss amendments that have been lodged.
In total, 198 amendments had been submitted to the original draft Bill, demonstrating the depth of feeling regarding the future of the private rented sector and perhaps indicating there has been a lack of thorough consideration due to rushed timescales.
The rural agency team at Bidwells says it is concerned the Conservative government may - by accident or design - be reducing the supply of country homes in the rental sector.
The government is reported to be considering a policy of capping prices of some homes in the countryside to ensure they remain affordable to local residents.
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