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Jon That is exactly what the specific policy is for. Allowing limited development close to existing housing estates in the rural area. You ask "why is social housing required?" Well it is required because not everybody earns enough to be able to access other housing options. As I have said elsewhere there are large numbers of people who work in jobs that don't pay very much and without access to affordable social rental housing they would not be able to live. The buy to let market has grown over the last few years and there are lots of local landlords renting property, people are free to buy properties to let and the States quiet rightly does not get involved in the nationality of the purchaser.