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17 homes in Yorkshire Dales green-lit

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee has approved full planning permission for 17 homes in West Witton in Richmondshire.

The development is the largest to be granted planning permission in the Yorkshire Dales National Park since 2014.

The homes will be located next to the Old School Close at the west side of the village.

Nine of the homes will be available for sale on the open market, with the remaining eight designated as affordable housing.

Six of the affordable housing units will be sold for 70 per cent of their market value. The other two will be rental properties retained by the developer Swale Valley Construction and managed in conjunction with Richmondshire District Council.

Robert Heseltine, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority member champion for development management, said: “Our message to developers is simple: if you bring forward high-quality schemes for the sites allocated in the local plan, we will approve them. Half of the homes in this development will be affordable and for local people. That is good news. As an authority we wish to help local young men and women, and hopefully their families, stay put in the Dales.”

At the same meeting on 8 May, the planning committee also approved plans that will see a Swaledale cycling business more than double in size.

Stuart and Brenda Price of Dales Bike Centre in Fremington, near Reeth, have received planning permission to build a new accommodation block, an extension to their café, as well as other facilities.

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