The number of homes built in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has increased by 82 per cent in the past five years despite government commitments to maintain their protected status.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said 15,500 homes have been built in England’s 34 AONBs since 2012 while the number of planning applications for housing has more than doubled in that time.
Despite the rise of urban living in the UK, many home buyers are still searching for the ultimate period property in an idyllic green setting, research suggests.
In particular, the country’s 15 designated green breathing spaces or National Parks along with 45 smaller Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) often appeal to many.
A new analysis from real estate firm Savills of these areas across the country, excluding coastal locations, shows that the average sale price for a detached house within a National Park or AONB is £450,000.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has dismissed an appeal over a proposed cross-subsidy residential development of 18 dwellings earmarked for a site at St Just in Roseland near Truro originally refused by Cornwall Council. The scheme was for 10 affordable and eight open market homes on land in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
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