Some thoughts for rural housing week


sarah brooke-taylor


  • Between 2004 and 2014 the proportion of 25-34 year olds who were homeowners fell from 59% to 35%
  • There are about 1.4 million households on social housing waiting lists across England – a 34% increase since 1997
  • Nearly a fifth of women and a third of men aged 20-34 years are living at home with their parents
  • Not enough homes in the right places – unaffordable in some places and unsuitable in others
  • There is a shortage of ‘traditional’ materials for building – time to think about more modern methods of construction
  • Public opposition – there is general dissatisfaction with what’s being planned and built