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National park approves small affordable homes scheme

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has approved in full an application for five new affordable homes in Bainbridge in the face of a local protest.

Solicitors acting for a small group of residents trying to block the development have said the homes will not be wholly affordable.

Members of the national park authority have rejected this claim. They have approved the composition of a legal agreement that aims to ensure that the new homes could be sold, and then re-sold, at a price no greater than 70 per cent of their open market value to make them affordable in perpetuity.

In December 2017, the planning committee deferred a decision on the development after a legal firm acting on behalf of a resident said the public had not been properly consulted.

The five homes, (two homes with two bedrooms and three with three bedrooms) will be located in a field to the rear of the grade II listed Rose and Crown pub. Developer Horn Blower Developments Ltd recently built eight homes on a nearby site.

Ian McPherson, deputy chairman at the YDNPA, said: “These are going to be quality, discounted homes for local people – just what we need in the national park. Our policy permits small-scale development that is adjacent to village boundaries where the housing will be 100 per cent affordable and meets an otherwise unmet local need.”

YDNPA member Yvonne Peacock explained that anybody wishing to buy one of the homes will need to work in the area, or have been resident in the national park for three years, or have lived there for at least 10 years previously.

“The homes will be made available to people in Bainbridge parish first, then to adjoining parishes.”

She said the threat of legal challenge “highlights how difficult it is to get new houses built even when the authority, the local parish council and most of the community are in support of them.”

The planning report can be found on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website (pdf).

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