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Affordable homes plan for Lake District National Park

The chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority has announced plans to try and build 900 homes in the area over the next 15 years.

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Richard Leafe

Richard Leafe told a meeting of the county council’s local committee for Allerdale that the authority was also looking at trying to provide more affordable housing in the National Park area.

He said: “We are looking for allocations of land for affordable housing and we are looking at large areas in Keswick. We are looking to provide 900 homes in the National Park over the next 15 years and we will make our plans known towards the end of this year.

“Delivering affordable homes is a challenge and we welcome significant land for investment.

“However, finding land anywhere in the National Park is difficult and it brings tensions within the community if the buildings block neighbours’ views.

“Something has got to give and we are committed to making provision for new housing and there will be plenty of discussions with the community about the sites we will propose.”

Councillor Ron Munby added: “The housing stock at the moment is too expensive for young people and there is no way of getting a mortgage.”

Councillor Alan Barry said: “We need to push forward with the affordable housing and young people have the same right to want to live in these nice areas.”

Mr Leafe added that other improvements the authority was looking to make was managing the car parks more efficiently by making it easier to pay by phone or over the internet and encouraging people to use more public transport.

“To improve the visitor experience we have looked at how people move around the National Park.

“We want to make it easier for visitors and the local community to access public transport and encourage them to leave their car when they get here and travel around by public transport.”

Mr Leafe added that over the next five years he wanted the National Park Authority to continue economic development, create vibrant communities, improve the visitor experience and sustain the landscape.

Have your say

Great news for those on the Cumbria Choice list who are currently waiting years for any sort of accommodation. Will these new homes have a built in no right to buy clause? These properties need to be for rent, not for part sale, and for low income local people. BTW affordable in Windermere means £300k.....

Posted by johnstitch on 22 May 2012 at 01:01

whats affordable??£140 to rent a housing association house in Keswick

Posted by george on 21 May 2012 at 20:18

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