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COUNCIL'S CHEAP RURAL HOUSES FIND NO TAKERS

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The picturesque village of Egton, on the North York Moors, has supposedly been facing a familiar problem of rich ou...
The picturesque village of Egton, on the North York Moors, has supposedly been facing a familiar problem of rich outsiders buying weekend homes, pushing up prices and forcing the natives out, The Independent reported (6 Jan, Weekend p13).

So the parish council set up a scheme to build five low-cost houses for locals. The trouble is no one wants them.

Council chairman Tom Hutton says: 'People kept telling us they wanted these homes. But where are these people now?'

Unless five genuine Egtonite buyers are found soon, the £300,000 project will be scrapped.
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