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County councillor wants more rural brownfield sites redeveloped for housing

A county councillor has called for rural brownfield sites to be developed for housing to help strengthen communities.

Cllr Mark Winnington

Cllr Mark Winnington

Cllr Mark Winnington said such as move would help provide affordable homes for people who have grown up in rural areas.

His comments come after Chancellor George Osborne outlined the Government’s plans to boost smaller communities.

“Housing remains an issue,” he said. “We welcome the Government’s announcement that villages should decide on their own local plans and I would like to see planning regulations eased for appropriate rural development.

“This isn’t about expanding villages – it’s about smarter use of available land. Disused farm buildings could be transformed into mixed use housing, providing affordable homes to people who have grown up in rural areas and to those moving from towns.”

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3 Comments

  1. Thornton

    26th August, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Converting disused farm buildings will not create ‘affordable’ housing. These are luxury developments. Please don’t spoil the villages we have left with poorly designed and poorly built ‘affordable’ housing.

  2. Thornton

    27th August, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Also, ‘affordable’ ie ‘cheap’ housing should be built in the cities where there are jobs and not in villages where 5here are few jobs and long commutes and poor transport connections.

  3. Thornton

    27th August, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Why are people giving my comments a thumbs down? It would be more interesting to hear other people’s opinions too.