On Monday 22 January, Neil Parish MP, took the opportunity at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Oral Questions to ask the new Housing Minister, Dominic Raab MP, about the number of affordable homes that are being delivered in rural areas.
The Housing Minister told Neil that the Government has delivered 119,000 affordable homes since 2010 and that Homes England has invested £142 million in the rural affordable homes programme schemes over the past four years.
Neil later said "It is good news that the Government wants deliver affordable homes in rural areas. But we really need to see more homes being delivered in these rural areas which as homes are so often unaffordable to many people. I did ask whether the Minister would consider classing redundant farm buildings as brownfield as this would be a great way to release more land for affordable homes. It would be good to see the Government consider this and I will certainly keep the pressure up on my colleagues!"
You can read the full exchange here.