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Rural affordable housing

Rural areas make up about 80% of South Gloucestershire and roughly 20% of the district’s population live there. Rural communities face the challenge of the pressure for development coupled with high land prices and a severe shortage of affordable housing for local people.

Development that will help to sustain village communities and their schools and shops must be balanced with any potential negative impacts of development.

The Rural Affordable Housing Statement of Commitment was drawn up in response to the National Housing Federation initiative “Save Our Villages” and sets out the council’s approach to supporting sustainable development within its rural areas.

Opportunities for rural development are limited but Rural Exception Sites can deliver affordable housing where development might otherwise be refused, if a local need can be demonstrated.

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