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New Housing Development Approved For Yorkshire National Park
Yorkshire Dales National Park is set to change over the next few years, as scaffolders in York could be busy creating a new housing development on the protected site.
According to the Craven Herald & Pioneer, the Yorkshire Dales National Authority has accepted the plans for five market homes, four affordable properties, and a stone barn conversion in the area.
These will be built on the edge of Horton-in-Ribblesdale in an attempt to encourage more young people and families to remain close by, instead of moving away from the Yorkshire locale.
In recent years, Horton-in-Ribblesdale has suffered from not having enough residents in the area, leading to closures of local amenities, including the village primary school. Two years ago, it was forced to close its doors when it only had 12 pupils in attendance.
The National Park Authority’s chairman Carl Lis said: “With our partners in other local authorities, we hope to be able to make speedy progress on the development of a co-ordinated programme of activity to attract more families to move to the park.”
“That means building the right sort of housing, creating new jobs, and putting in place the right sort of infrastructure. As part of that, we will also be working hard to develop a more detailed proposition on second homes that we can put to government at the earliest opportunity,” he added.
A meeting was held to discuss the plans, with some showing their support for the new constructions, and hoping it would encourage more developments to crop up across the national park.
The development would take place in a field north of the village, beside the Settle to Carlisle Railway Conservation Area. Therefore, it is hoped it would not change the setting of the 78-mile long conservation area too much.
However, Horton-in-Ribblesdale Parish Council objected the plans on the basis that vehicles from the development would impact on motors using the B6479. Additionally, it thought the absence of a footway into the village would create a problem for pedestrians.
The parish council’s Martin Hanson told the news provider if the plans were given the go-ahead, it would result in a “significant change to an established community”.
Despite this, he noted the village has suffered in the last few years, due to the primary school closing, as well as a shop and café. Mr Hanson also noted the surge in visitors doing the Tree Peaks Challenge has had an impact on the community, without adding much to it.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” he stated, adding: “If we want change, we have to do something.”
Another member, Neil Swan, added: “One of the things we want to achieve is for young families and people to stay in the park.”
It is hoped the affordable housing plans will enable this, particularly as proposals include four shared ownership houses. Owners would be able to buy shares ranging from 25 to 80 per cent, with the council retaining ownership of at least 20 per cent of the property.
Currently, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has 24,000 people living in it over 841 square miles. While it was developed to protect the landscape and wildlife, it is also intended to safeguard the economic and social wellbeing of its communities.