Support the completion of 400 dwellings in a range of tenures, sizes, types and prices, by 2024.
How are we doing on this objective
Progress: 88 new dwellings were built in 2021/22 – the highest since 2008/09. This included schemes by Broadacres Housing Association at West Witton (17) and Jigsaw Homes Group at Long Preston (16). The cumulative total is still some way behind schedule (207 compared to a target of 267). However, the National Park Authority granted planning permission for 132 new dwellings in 2021/22, the highest annual total since 2005/06, including a development of 49 houses at Station Road, Sedbergh.
Press Releases and related articles:
8 August 2022 – ‘Good news’ on housing completions
15 June 2021 – Largest town to get larger: new homes for Sedbergh
9 February 2021 – Affordable homes and 5G mast approved
10 August 2020 – Second consultation opens on Local Plan
Rationale: 400 dwellings represents six years of the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan housing target, adjusted pro rata for the larger area of the extended National Park. It is an ambitious figure – well above the ‘objectively assessed need’ for housing in the National Park. Setting an ambitious target is considered necessary to try to retain viable communities living in the National Park. Delivery will be challenging as developable land is almost wholly privately owned, is not freely available or commands unrealistic expectations of value. A range of housing types and tenures are needed but the focus remains on trying to deliver housing that is affordable and/or otherwise satisfies local needs.
Further information: YDNPA – Supporting new housing
Cost over 5 years: £48,700,000
Funding shortfall: £26,200,000
Ecosystem services: None
Trade-offs: Delivery of the target will rely on sites that already have planning permission or are allocated in the Local Plan. These sites have already been assessed and found to be acceptable in terms of their impacts. Further land will need to be made available and will be subjected to the same processes to ensure that impacts are mitigated or reduced, using the policies set out in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan.