Young people being ‘priced out’ of rural Hampshire, claims CPRE

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CONCERNS have been raised of a crisis on rural affordable housing ahead of a Hampshire conference next month.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire is hosting a conference on November 6 to discuss a shortage of affordable homes in rural areas.

Chief executive Charlee Bennett said: ‘We are facing a threat to the future of many rural communities as younger people, first-time buyers and lower-income households are increasingly priced out of large parts of rural England.

‘Vital services in rural areas – such as local post offices, schools and pubs – have been shutting down as the demographics of rural communities change rapidly.’