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Event to discuss housing matters

Affordable homes will be the subject of an event being held in Barnham by a national charity.


The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s Arun branch is staging a seminar about the important topic from 10am-2pm on November 9 at Barnham Community Hall off Yapton Road.


Michael Warden, a founder of the branch, said:


“What is affordable housing, what does affordable mean and who does it benefit?


“It seems to me the most wanting and needy people are not being catered for, although we are gradually carpeting all our valuable lands with development.


“If you are not able to afford the inflated prices of properties, you are compelled to either rent privately, often paying exorbitant sums of endless waiting to obtain a local authority house.”


The seminar will take a positive approach to understanding why the housing market fails to provide homes that people can afford.


The range of speakers includes Lois Lane, formerly of the CPRE’s national body where she led on affordable housing policy, Worthing Homes’ Damien Hayley and Lynda Ryan, the head of community services at Age UK West Sussex.


Kia Trainor, the CPRE Sussex director, said:


“We will briefly examine the problems and barriers within the current system before turning to how affordable homes can be delivered.”


The seminar is free to attend. Book places at:

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