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July 7, 2009

NHF launches “Save our Villages” campaign


by Gill Montia
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The National Housing Federation (NHF) has launched its “Save our Villages” campaign.

The body, which represents not-for-profit housing associations in England, asserts that housing in rural areas is more expensive than in cities and towns, and often way beyond the means of many local residents.

It warns that rural England is becoming “the preserve of the wealthy and the isolated elderly” and is therefore campaigning for more affordable rural housing.

Under a three-step plan, the NHF wants every local authority to produce an assessment of housing needs for rural wards, which should be revised every three years.

Authorities should then publish a rural housing action plan to show how they will meet that need.

The body is lobbying ministers and has rallied support from councillors and individuals across the country.

Last week, the NHF celebrated a campaign victory when the Government announced plans to boost the availability of social housing by investing £2.1 billion in a new building programme.

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