LDNPA planners say 'yes' to affordable homes plan for Ambleside

AMBLESIDE looks likely to get 15 new properties for local people.

Eight new apartments for rent are to be built along with four affordable houses for sale and three ‘local needs’ houses.

They will go up on the site of the former Brown’s bus depot on Compston Street and complete a scheme dating back to 2006.

Also included in the development are two new business units and a shop.

Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) planners gave permission for applicants, the Ambleside-based joinery, roofing and building contractor, Cook and Lakin Properties, to build the new homes.

The deal is subject to the signing of a section 106 agreement - the local occupancy clause - and other conditions.

A report before the LDNPA development control committee explained that the new properties would meet a need.

It said: “On the basis of the Ambleside Housing Needs Survey 2011 and South Lakeland District Council information on the needs of individuals on their waiting list, there is a need for the proposed mix of affordable, rental, affordable sale and local needs housing.

“SLDC confirm there are four households who are in need of affordable housing for sale.”

“The affordable rental properties would be let at housing association rental values. For the affordable needs housing for sale, both the initial sale price and subsequent resale price would be restricted using a mechanism which reflects both local incomes and house prices to ensure the property remains affordable at the time of sale.”

Bill Cook, partner in Cook and Lakin, which bought the former depot, commented: “It’s a bit of a relief to have a use of an asset. We have 10 local employees and we should be able to do it nearly all in-house subject to getting the finance.”

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2:34pm Wed 18 Sep 13

jazzactivist says...

It's tempting to applaud this news, but I'm hesitant. So the majority of these 15 homes are to be private rentals at market rate? And the rest will presumably be based on the 80% of market value that usually constitutes the 'affordable' price / rent. Hmmm, in Ambleside that's usually still too expensive for people whose income is derived from a local job.

To be genuinely affordable in this area, just by looking at the salaries for local skilled jobs advertised in the Gazette, homes to buy need to be priced at under £100,000 and rentals around £400 per month.
It's tempting to applaud this news, but I'm hesitant. So the majority of these 15 homes are to be private rentals at market rate? And the rest will presumably be based on the 80% of market value that usually constitutes the 'affordable' price / rent. Hmmm, in Ambleside that's usually still too expensive for people whose income is derived from a local job. To be genuinely affordable in this area, just by looking at the salaries for local skilled jobs advertised in the Gazette, homes to buy need to be priced at under £100,000 and rentals around £400 per month. jazzactivist

4:44pm Wed 18 Sep 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

You are right, JA, in that 'affordable' can mean all things to all people. But the vacant site is a mess and anything except a nuclear dump would improve it. Where will those builders park their skip and their unwanted furniture now?
You are right, JA, in that 'affordable' can mean all things to all people. But the vacant site is a mess and anything except a nuclear dump would improve it. Where will those builders park their skip and their unwanted furniture now? Milkbutnosugarplease

4:57pm Wed 18 Sep 13

dancer58 says...

Some of the "local needs" housing in Windermere went to Polish families , lets hope real locals get to fill theses ones !
Some of the "local needs" housing in Windermere went to Polish families , lets hope real locals get to fill theses ones ! dancer58

11:40am Thu 19 Sep 13

Blogtrotter says...

dancer58 wrote:
Some of the "local needs" housing in Windermere went to Polish families , lets hope real locals get to fill theses ones !
Careful, The Liberals will be after you for that quote..
[quote][p][bold]dancer58[/bold] wrote: Some of the "local needs" housing in Windermere went to Polish families , lets hope real locals get to fill theses ones ![/p][/quote]Careful, The Liberals will be after you for that quote.. Blogtrotter

5:47pm Fri 20 Sep 13

fellsman says...

Hey there's going to be a shop - wonder if it'll be a mountain clothing shop, not too many of those about Ambleside!!
Hey there's going to be a shop - wonder if it'll be a mountain clothing shop, not too many of those about Ambleside!! fellsman

1:13pm Mon 23 Sep 13

hogheaven says...

You can only build affordable houses on affordable land,in Amleside there is none The scheme in Grange over sands is also not the right place for affordable housing and look at the sight line from the exit on to the highway ,an accident waiting to happen.Does it meet highways guide lines?
You can only build affordable houses on affordable land,in Amleside there is none The scheme in Grange over sands is also not the right place for affordable housing and look at the sight line from the exit on to the highway ,an accident waiting to happen.Does it meet highways guide lines? hogheaven

2:47pm Mon 23 Sep 13

jazzactivist says...

But, dancer58, a lot of Polish people and people from a range of different countries come here and do the jobs that British people don't want to do because of the low pay. Especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, which are most of the jobs in South Lakes. The pay isn't enough to buy or rent a market priced home in the area to go along with the job.

Local housing shouldn't just mean for people with local family connections, as that keeps communities insulated and isn't good for the gene pool in the long term. Affordable housing needs to be housing that can be afforded on the average local salary of people who work here on a permanent basis. It doesn't matter if those workers are from other countries, so long as they are committed and contributing to the area.
But, dancer58, a lot of Polish people and people from a range of different countries come here and do the jobs that British people don't want to do because of the low pay. Especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, which are most of the jobs in South Lakes. The pay isn't enough to buy or rent a market priced home in the area to go along with the job. Local housing shouldn't just mean for people with local family connections, as that keeps communities insulated and isn't good for the gene pool in the long term. Affordable housing needs to be housing that can be afforded on the average local salary of people who work here on a permanent basis. It doesn't matter if those workers are from other countries, so long as they are committed and contributing to the area. jazzactivist

6:49pm Mon 23 Sep 13

dancer58 says...

jazzactivist wrote:
But, dancer58, a lot of Polish people and people from a range of different countries come here and do the jobs that British people don't want to do because of the low pay. Especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, which are most of the jobs in South Lakes. The pay isn't enough to buy or rent a market priced home in the area to go along with the job.

Local housing shouldn't just mean for people with local family connections, as that keeps communities insulated and isn't good for the gene pool in the long term. Affordable housing needs to be housing that can be afforded on the average local salary of people who work here on a permanent basis. It doesn't matter if those workers are from other countries, so long as they are committed and contributing to the area.
My own son could not get a job in Booths a few years ago when the first polish wave arrived yet there were over a dozen "polish" etc working in Booths ,they only come here for money nothing else so lets now give them local housing as well your saying , I think you may be having a laugh
[quote][p][bold]jazzactivist[/bold] wrote: But, dancer58, a lot of Polish people and people from a range of different countries come here and do the jobs that British people don't want to do because of the low pay. Especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, which are most of the jobs in South Lakes. The pay isn't enough to buy or rent a market priced home in the area to go along with the job. Local housing shouldn't just mean for people with local family connections, as that keeps communities insulated and isn't good for the gene pool in the long term. Affordable housing needs to be housing that can be afforded on the average local salary of people who work here on a permanent basis. It doesn't matter if those workers are from other countries, so long as they are committed and contributing to the area.[/p][/quote]My own son could not get a job in Booths a few years ago when the first polish wave arrived yet there were over a dozen "polish" etc working in Booths ,they only come here for money nothing else so lets now give them local housing as well your saying , I think you may be having a laugh dancer58

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