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Fresh call for affordable housing sites

[Monday 16 November 2009]

A fresh call for possible sites on which to build affordable housing has gone out to landowners and organisations in four areas of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Despite a good response generally to an appeal launched in January by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), there were few sites put forward in the Hawes/Gayle, Grassington/Threshfield, Sedbergh and Reeth areas, according to Peter Stockton, the Authority’s Strategic Planning Officer.

“The bigger villages are the best places to put new housing in the National Park because they have the best range of services up and running and are a focus for local housing need,” he said.

“That means the existing services – and through them the local economy – will benefit, and they are nearby so people can walk to them rather than having to use vehicles – which saves them money and is more environmentally friendly.”

The original appeal for sites throughout the National Park did result in a number being put forward in the four areas but some are very constrained and will not go through to the next round of selection.

Each site must be large enough to accommodate at least two homes and will have to meet a number of planning requirements.

Yvonne Peacock, Chair of the YDNPA’s Housing Working Group and Member Champion for Forward Planning, said: “We have launched this second appeal to see if there are any other locations that landowners could put forward in the four areas.

“We want to be as certain as we can be that we have the best range of available sites – the best options – to look at.”

Half of each site that is finally chosen will be used for affordable housing in perpetuity. The remainder will not have to be affordable, but will still be restricted to occupancy by people who need to live inside the National Park.

Landowners have until Friday, December 11, to put forward sites within the four areas and details are available on the Authority’s website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

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