Affordable housing bid for Lake District gets government green light

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PLANS to allow 440 new affordable houses to be built across the Lake District have been given the thumbs up by a government inspector.

The national park’s land allocations document was described by planning inspector Shelagh Bussey as ‘sound, justified, effective and consistent with national planning guidelines’.

The Lake District National Park Authority’s director of planning and management, Steve Ratcliffe, said: “This signals increased opportunities in some of the area’s key residential areas, including Keswick, Windermere and Ambleside.

“Forty per cent of the housing sites have already been subject to pre-application discussions and are on their way to becoming a reality.”

Ms Bussey’s report also supported the use of 8.8 hectares of land - equivalent to 12 football pitches - for business growth. Identified sites are at Backbarrow, Staveley and Threkeld.

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5:11pm Tue 1 Oct 13

shirtbox2003 says...

backbarrow? there are already 20 or so empty houses there that are in a flood plain,who advises these people?the mind boggles.its grange over sands that needs affordable housing.
backbarrow? there are already 20 or so empty houses there that are in a flood plain,who advises these people?the mind boggles.its grange over sands that needs affordable housing. shirtbox2003
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11:56am Mon 7 Oct 13

jazzactivist says...

Backbarrow, Staveley and Threlkeld are hardly in the middle of the National Park, and will require people living in the affordable homes to struggle to get to work and facilities at high cost. This dithering around with regard to where affordable housing needs to be built is no good at all. Obviously, most of it needs to be built right in the heart of the LDNP where most of the jobs are, so that employees can easily get to and from work. It seems to me that there is too much nimbying going on, with only slight concessions being made as to where new housing might be built.
Backbarrow, Staveley and Threlkeld are hardly in the middle of the National Park, and will require people living in the affordable homes to struggle to get to work and facilities at high cost. This dithering around with regard to where affordable housing needs to be built is no good at all. Obviously, most of it needs to be built right in the heart of the LDNP where most of the jobs are, so that employees can easily get to and from work. It seems to me that there is too much nimbying going on, with only slight concessions being made as to where new housing might be built. jazzactivist
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