The Princess Royal has suggested that a solution to Britain’s rural housing crisis could be by building more affordable homes in villages.
The Princess advocates enlarging villages to make room for the 240, 000 homes that are estimated to be needed to solve this crisis, rather than building new developments on untouched countryside.
Speaking at a housing conference, Princess Anne asked planners if it was ‘really necessary’ to create large scale developments in the countryside.
She added that alternative, small developments of between six and twelve homes could be scattered across villages to make up the same number.
The Princess’ intervention comes weeks after the Coalition proposed controversial plans to cover parts of the countryside with new purpose built towns in Kent and Buckinghamshire.
The Queen’s daughter’s comments were welcomed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England which has said that organic growth was the right way to improve housing in the countryside.
Delegates at the Rural Housing National Conference in Cheltenham were told on Friday by Princess Anne that village communities and services can be built on to support new homes. She continued to say “Maybe it isn’t such good value if you have to build in the facilities that need to go with it”.
Unlike other members of the Royal Family, Anne rarely speaks out on such issues; thus illustrating her firm belief in resolving this matter of rural housing.