An application by Craven District Council to build four affordable homes for local occupancy in Horton-in-Ribblesdale has been approved.
Planning Committee Members today noted the “creative design” of the homes, which reflected the tradition of roadside terraces in the village.
A further five open market homes – described as “a contemporary farmstead style development” – were approved as part of the same application. A roadside barn will also be converted into a local occupancy home, making a total of 10 new dwellings on the site.
The development will be on land allocated in 2012 for housing next to the Settle-Carlisle railway on the northern edge of Horton.
Concerns were raised by the Parish Council chairman during the committee meeting about the absence of a footway from the development into the village, although it was noted that the Highways Authority had no objections. Members delegated authority to officers to speak to the applicant to address the footway issue.
The approval means that more than 70 planning permissions have been granted for new homes in the National Park so far this financial year. Last week, the Park Authority highlighted that permissions for new houses were at an historical high, although completions remained disappointingly low.
Planning Committee Chair, Julie Martin, said: “I would like to congratulate Craven District Council for bringing forward a much-needed scheme for affordable homes. The development is of low density and of a design distinctive to the local area. I would also like to thank planning officers for helping to amend the scheme to address local concerns.”