ISSUES FOR THE RURAL AREAS: TYPE AND SCALE OF
How much development should be allocated to each village?
• The minimum required to meet local affordable and market
• Additional development required to provide or sustain
important local services and facilities or to meet the
aspirations of individual local communities?
The minimum required to meet local affordable and market housing
What other types of new development should be permitted (e.g.
employment, retail, community facilities)?
Community facilities. Employment and retail development should only be
allowed where they will primarily benefit the community of the Parish
within which they are to be situated and also have easy access via
private and public transport.
How can we ensure that villages provide accommodation for a mix
of people including those on low incomes?
Accommodation For A Mix Of People
Ensuring that housing development in villages provides accommodation
for a mix of people is surely a job for the Local Planning Authority as it
requires the use of large amounts of statistical information about
projected population sizes, movement and employment opportunities not
just within the local area but probably even more importantly outside the
People On Low Incomes
When I was young and on a low income, the last place I would have
wanted to live was in a village. Is there convincing evidence that people
on low incomes actually want to live in villages? It would seem
reasonable to suppose that two of the main priorities for people on low
incomes are to ensure that their expenditure on food and transport
(whether for work or leisure) is as low as possible; villages by their very
nature are not the cheapest for either of these two priorities.
Village shops do not stock a sufficient range of produce for the “weekly
shop” and products are inevitably more expensive than in the shops and
supermarkets in larger conurbations. Therefore travel outside the village
would normally be required to purchase the majority of the ‘weekly shop’
at a reasonable cost.
Public transport for villages is either sparse or non-existent and often not
suited for either work schedules, or leisure activities outside normal