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F1 – Housing

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: 54 new dwellings were given planning permission in 2020/21. This takes the cumulative total approved under this objective to 236. However, housing completions remained stubbornly low, with 49 new dwellings constructed. This takes the cumulative total to 119, compared to the target of 200.

Press Releases and related articles:

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.

Lead partnersCraven District Council; Eden District Council; Richmondshire District Council; South Lakeland District Council; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority;

Supporting partners: Housing Associations; North Yorkshire County Council; Cumbria County Council; Lancashire County Council; Upper Dales Community Partnership; Parish Councils

Further information:     YDNPA – Supporting new housing

Cost over 5 years:    £48,700,000

Funding shortfall:    £26,200,000

Related objectives:   A9; E8; E9; F2; F3; F5

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.

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