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Lois Lane, National Housing Federation Lois Lane, National Housing Federation

There was an excellent turn out for the CPRE Sussex Affordable Housing Seminar at Barnham on 9th November.

Ostler's Field - Prizewinning rural development Ostler's Field - Prizewinning rural development

One of the biggest challenges facing our local councils today is the provision of affordable homes in our rural villages.

Letter published by West Sussex County Times 29 November 2018-11-29

In an article published on 8 Feb 2017 the West Sussex Country Times writes: "Campaigners have warned that the government's white paper to 'fix the housing market' could jeopardise Sussex's unprotected countryside.

South East England Councils (SEEC)’s report, Unlock the housing blockers, says that the body’s members are concerned about stalled or slow development on sites with planning permission, which is often due to widespread development industry business practices to balance supply and demand of housing to maximise profits.

The Indpendent reports that "Britain’s largest developers have been accused of profiteering on the back of the country’s housing crisis by restricting the supply of new houses to keep prices unnecessarily high."

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 20 August 2015


Affordable Homes targets not met despite allocation of huge tracts of countryside for development

This has been a challenging year in Lewes.

The District's claim to a 5-year housing supply was lost at an appeal early in 2014. This led to a number of applications for development of rural greenfield sites in the Low Weald villages being rushed forward. These were taking advantage of the consequent presumption in favour of sustainable development and offering only the low, historic, level of affordable housing required by the old 2003 Local Plan rather than the 40% shown to be viable for such sites and included in the new Local Plan.

Photo: © Mike Cattell Photo: © Mike Cattell

27 March 2013

... unless Government and local communities act now

A rallying call is issued today (Wednesday) by Sir Andrew Motion, CPRE’s President, as the Government’s planning rule-book threatens to be a builders’ charter.

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