Warning over changes to rules on housing

The Government’s removal of the affordable-housing obligation for developments of fewer than 10 properties is a very disappointing move, the Countryside Alliance has said.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis confirmed the move last Friday in the House of Commons, claiming it would provide a boost for small and medium house-builders.

But the Countryside Alliance says this well-meant move by Government could rebound on rural communities by further pricing young and poorer people out of rural communities.

Last Thursday’s planning committee was frustrated by the new change of rules on one application.