8 Nov

People 'should be encouraged to buy houses for sale in countryside'

People 'should be encouraged to buy houses for sale in countryside'

More should be done to encourage people to buy houses for sale in the countryside, it has been said.

The Faith and Future of the Countryside conference took place last week with 200 delegates turning up to discuss the future of Britain's rural villages.

Speaking at the event, Bishop Smith of St Albans said that living in the countryside is a "long cherished dream" for many people, the Daily Telegraph reported.

He added that, in spite of this desire to move to more rural locations, the price of living there could deter many people from purchasing properties for sale in those areas.

Houses are often being bought by wealthier homebuyers from urban areas, which discourages residents who grew up there from purchasing the properties themselves.

Bishop Smith added: "It may make some parts of the countryside … middle-class areas surrounded by concentrations of people on low income in towns."

Last month, Genworth Financial revealed that the barrier to home ownership in the UK is continuing to widen, with 100,000 first-time buyers being excluded from the property market year-on-year since 2006.  ADNFCR-1222-ID-800222596-ADNFCR

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