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Princess Anne's calls for rural housing backed by Stafford groups

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

Princess Anne's calls for rural housing backed by Stafford groups

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A PAIR of housing groups in Stafford are supporting calls from Princess Anne for more rural affordable housing to beat the housing crisis.

But the princess also pleaded for smaller developments of rural homes rather than large scale developments, which has been backed by Housing Plus Group and Stafford and Rural Homes.

She spoke during the Rural Housing National Conference on Friday.

Housing Plus and SARH are jointly investing more than £23.5million in rural affordable homes in Staffordshire by 2016.

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Chris Poulton, director of asset management and development at SARH, said: “There is a real need for properties throughout Stafford including in rural areas and we are continually working with our partners to develop apartments and two and three bedroom homes to meet the growing need.”

And Ursula Bennion, director of business development at Housing Plus Group, added: “We understand there are sensitivities to developing in rural areas, and where we do develop on open countryside or greenbelt land a considerate and mindful approach is needed. Existing rural schemes we have worked on in Swindon and Gnosall have seen the design replicate existing local buildings.”

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