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Shortlist drawn up for affordable housing

[Thursday 24 September 2009]

More than 40 locations within the Yorkshire Dales National Park will go through to the next stage of investigation as potential sites for affordable housing.

In January, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) invited landowners and parish councils to suggest sites – and it received more than 118.

Those have now been whittled down to a shortlist of 44 which will be investigated by the Authority’s Housing Working Group. It will eventually draw up a draft housing development plan that will have to be approved by the Authority before going out to consultation.

Working Group Chairman Yvonne Peacock said: “The response has been very good although we are asking for more suggestions for possible locations specifically in the Grassington/Threshfield, Hawes/Gayle, Reeth and Sedbergh areas.

“The purpose of this is to check that there are no additional options to consider in these key NP service centres. We know there are some landowners in these areas who missed out last time and we want to be certain that all the available options have been looked at before we prepare a draft plan for further consultation.

Peter Stockton, the YDNPA’s Strategic Housing Officer, said: “The final list will depend on the response from the technical consultees like the Highways Authority the Environment Agency, our archaeologists and ecologists – and it will probably be a lot shorter than the 40 or so sites currently going for further investigation.”

The shortlist so far can be viewed on the Authority’s website at: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/index/living/planning_1/planning_policy/yorkshire_dales_development_framework/call_for_housing_sites/housing-sites-submitted.htm

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