Will local referendums on new housing be good for rural areas?
The Rural Coalition said plans to require at least 90% of local people to approve new building schemes in villages would create conflict and bring projects to a halt. Instead they would like to see elected parish councils being able to initiate community-led developments and councils freed up to help address the need for new housing for young families and low-income households in rural areas.
However, the government has defended the plans, saying it is only right new developments should have overwhelming local support and vowing that it is committed to protecting and preserving local villages.
Do you live in a rural community? What are your views on the government's plans? Are local referendums a good idea? Should there be more affordable housing in rural areas? Have you been priced out of staying in your local area?
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