A Government Briefing Paper looking at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types suggests that in addition to a crisis in housing supply, England is in the grip of a crisis of affordability. The introduction in 2011 of social sector development with rents of up to 80% of market rents has, according to some, undermined the ability of even the social sector to supply housing that is truly affordable. Unfortunately there is no focus in the briefing on the specific needs of rural areas.
Meanwhile, the Town and Country Planning Association's report seeks 'reforms to the planning system so that it delivers truly affordable
homes where they are needed.' The Association hopes their report will be widely read by central government officials and the wider housing and planning sector.
For both reports, visit the Affordable Housing page.