• South Downs NPA Landowner Conference

    • The issue of affordable housing was a hot topic during the Whole Estate Plans (WEP) Workshop in October, and we are very aware of the huge pressure placed on both estates and their staff from the issues of finding or providing affordable housing. For this reason we feel this event may be of interest to many of those who are also interested in Whole Estate Plans.
       
      With the average house price in the South Downs now at almost £500,000, and many jobs in the National Park being relatively low paid, people who can’t afford to live near their work will often have to drive, which is an added expense and creates increases traffic congestion. It also impacts employers who face increasing wage bills or a lack of good quality staff. The South Downs National Park Authority want to work with landowners and the local community to find small scale rural exception sites – the places where development could only be permitted on the provision that homes are both affordable and guaranteed to remain in perpetuity for the community in order to try and positively address this critical issue.
       
      With this in mind the South Downs National Park Authority will be holding a special conference on 3 February 2017 bringing together landowners from across the National Park with rural housing providers, planners and specialist legal and financial experts to explore how utilising unused land and buildings might help to make landowners assets work for them, whilst also helping to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing in the national park.
       
      For more information and to book your place please email: landownersconference@southdowns.gov.uk
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