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CLA summit will explore how landowners can help solve rural housing crisis

An organisation representing country landowners and businesses is holding a summit designed for the private rural housing sector next month.

The CLA says it has gathered a high profile mix of speakers for the event taking place on 5 July, including politicians, policy makers and industry leaders, at what is said to be the first such housing summit of its kind.

Government chief planner Steve Quartermain and shadow housing secretary John Healey MP are among those billed to speak at the Strong Foundation event. The debate is intended to help solve the acute shortage of housing in rural areas and is aimed at landowners who own and rent out properties or who are seeking to develop new homes in rural areas.

“Landowners play an important economic and social role within rural communities and have a big role to play in helping to provide more new homes of every type and tenure,” said Ross Murray, the CLA’s president.

“The summit will look at the role of landowners in providing homes in their communities across England. It will explore the future of the rural rental market and the role of the planning system in delivering thriving and sustainable communities.

“We shall be highlighting how the right support for private investment in the rural housing sector can help to encourage rural businesses to deliver much needed homes for the next generation to live and work in our countryside.”

New research about rural landowning businesses and their contribution to rural housing needs will be unveiled at the summit, the CLA said.

Confirmed speakers at the summit are: Steve Quartermain CBE, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate; shadow secretary of state for housing John Healey; Lord Best OBE DL, crossbench peer; Sue Chalkley OBE, chief executive of Hastoe Housing Association; Ben Bolgar, senior director at the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

Themes and panel sessions include the rural housing challenge, planning, private rented sector housing that works for rural areas and a debate on the Green Belt.

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