A countryside housing crisis is forcing young families out of the towns and villages they grew up in, an MP has warned Ministers.
Property prices in parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire have shot up, said David Kidney (Lab Stafford).
As a result, residents hoping to buy their own home were forced to move away from the country life that they had always known, he said.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Kidney urged Ministers to ensure more houses were built in the region.
And he called for the Government to extend the Key Worker scheme, which allows public sector staff such as teachers, nurses and police officers to buy or rent property at a discount - but only applies to the South-east.
Mr Kidney asked for the debate after the regional housing strategy, published in June, warned that 13,464 new affordable homes were needed by 2008.
He said: "In some parts of the region, in counties such as Warwickshire and Worcestershire, there are terrible housing hotspots where even key public sector workers cannot afford to buy a home."
He added: "Rural areas need special attention if there is to be enough affordable housing for local people in their rural communities.
"What I mean by 'affordable housing' is low-cost housing that people can buy on the open market, and subsidised public or private housing, whether it be for rent, sale or shared ownership."
He told Ministers the average house price in his constituency was eight times the average salary.
"Housing is concentrated in the existing villages, where restrictive planning policies result in very high prices that local people cannot afford."
The MP said: "Sometimes, the houses are just not there to enable children to live in the places where they grew up. In other cases, the homes that are there are simply too expensive for them to afford, so they are unable to live locally."
Speaking in the same debate, Birmingham MP Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) asked Ministers to consider the problems facing urban areas.
She said: "Birmingham City Council has been demolishing homes without building replacements. That council alone needs 3,000 new homes a year."
Local Government Minister Jim Fitzpatrick highlighted Government proposals to allow more people to buy shares in property, so they did not need to pay the full cost.
The Government had also set up a commission, chaired by former television journalist Elinor Goodman, specifically to look at the issue of rural housing, he said.
He added: "To address the need for affordable housing in the West Midlands over the next two years, £198 million has been allocated to the Housing Corporation - an 11 per cent increase on the figure for the past two years."
Earlier this year, Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, and John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced a series of measures to boost the UK's housing stock.
State-owned land will be sold off to developers on condition they make some homes affordable to first-time buyers.