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Plea for support in effort to provide more affordable houses in rural Vale.

RESIDENTS have been urged to support moves to tackle an affordable housing crisis in the rural Vale of Glamorgan.

Latest figures released by the Vale council show that 320 families in need of affordable rural housing have been priced out of the market.

The council is under pressure to provide more affordable houses, particularly in the more affluent rural areas.

Council leaders say they are concerned about the impact of the lack of affordable housing on the health of rural communities.

The council signed a Rural Housing Pledge with three housing associations last year in an attempt to build new affordable homes in rural areas.

A recent new housing development at Thaw Close in St Mary Church, near Cowbridge, was built by Newydd Housing Association in partnership with the council.

The development offers six homes for affordable rent and two homes as low cost home ownership properties. It is two miles from St Hilary, one of the most expensive places to live in Wales.

Councillor Bronwen Brooks, the Vale council's cabinet member for housing, building maintenance and community safety, said: "A lack of affordable housing leads to a decreasing need for rural services and local amenities.

"Affordable housing is about much more than bricks and mortar. It is the lifeblood of a sustainable community.

"Local residents can contact the planning department to express their support for a rural development when they see a proposal on the council website."

Residents in the Vale in need of rural housing may get advice from the Rural Housing Enabler on 01446 709237 or efaulkner@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 8, 2014
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