Hastoe hosts Landowners Conference

Hastoe hosts a Landowners Conference at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 21st February


Rural landowners met with housing professionals at a Conference at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 21st February in a bid to increase the number of affordable homes in rural areas.

The Conference, organised by rural housing specialists, Hastoe Housing Association, invited landowners from across East of England to consider releasing land for new rural homes.

Over 50 attendees listened to expert speakers on issues including planning, tax, legal structures and tenure options. The Conference aimed to address the crisis of affordability in rural areas, where prices are 20% higher than urban areas, but local wages are lower than the national average.

Sue Chalkley, Hastoe’s CEO and speaker at the event, said:

“It was encouraging so many landowners attended the Conference and said they were interested in releasing land for new homes.

“Our experience is that many rural landowners want to build quality homes that will keep rural communities in Essex and East Anglia viable. They really care about quality, and leaving a lasting legacy for their community, but need help in working their way through complex issues like planning and tax.”

“I hope the Conference helped do just that and is the first step to building more affordable homes in our rural communities.”


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