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National park housing doubles expectations

Thursday 19 June 2003

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, often accused by local residents of rejecting out of hand plans for new housing, has in fact allowed the building of 1,000 new homes in the past decade - twice the figure anticipated in 1995.

The park issued these figures to fight the allegations that planners were far too strict for, in fact, they approved 95% of applications, some 10% more than the national average.

But one severe problem still remains: the lack of affordable homes for local first-time buyers.

Planning chief Peter Watson comments: "As always the issue of affordable homes remains one of price not of availability, something over which the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has little control.

"However, we will continue to work closely with local district councils and housing associations who have the responsibility of meeting the needs of local, affordable housing and to assist in whatever way we can."


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