We have in SNUB been pretty consistent in our view that any new housing should be dispersed rather than “lumped” together in large and soulless developments as proposed by the Joint Core Strategy. An article in the EDP Farm and Country section (Saturday 13th August 2011) entitled “What is the greatest challenge that rural areas face?” Here are a number of quotes that seem to confirm our views:
“We need more affordable homes to allow people to live in areas where they grew up, keep our communities vibrant and importantly provide labour into local businesses and services.”
Jon Clemo, Chief Executive of the Norfolk Rural Community Council.
“The single biggest issue facing the farming community is meeting the challenge of producing more food while impacting less on the environment.”
Francis Ulrych, Norfolk county chairman of the National Farmers Union.
“We should be able to have the new businesses, houses and facilities we need without destroying the identity, heritage and beauty of our county.”
George Freeman, Mid Norfolk MP.
The lack of affordable homes makes it difficult to maintain the viability and sustainability of services in smaller villages, be they the local post office, the school, the village pub or public transport connections.”
James Parry, Chairman of Campaign to Protect Rural England Norfolk (CPRE).
Indeed in the same edition Keith Skipper seemed to sum it up admirably in his column as the headline rang out: