Support the completion of 400 dwellings in a range of tenures, sizes, types and prices, by 2024.
Progress: 118 new dwellings were given planning permission in 2019/20 – the most since 2005. This takes the cumulative total approved under this objective to 182. However, housing completions remained stubbornly low, with 45 new dwellings constructed. This takes the cumulative total to 70, compared to the target of 135.
Press Releases and related articles:
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.