Local Plan: Affordable housing

One of the Lake District’s biggest challenges is providing affordable housing. We need this place to remain a living, working landscape, and affordable housing plays a vital role, but we can’t do it on our own. 

The Lake District National Park Authority doesn’t build new houses, we can only try to encourage others to develop properties, but we do have a great track record in planning applications with over 90% being approved – a rate which exceeds the national average.

In this short film we meet with two tenants of an affordable housing scheme in Grasmere, and put the questions you have asked us on social media to our Director of Sustainable Development, Steve Ratcliffe.

“I didn’t think owning a property in Grasmere would be realistic in terms of affordability, due to the nature of the number of holiday homes in the area. My flat in Broadgate Orchard is fantastic”

Will Clark, Resident, Broadgate Orchard, Grasmere.

“I’ve lived at Broadgate Orchard in Grasmere for four years now and it’s been the making of me and my family”

Vicky Hughes, Resident, Broadgate Orchard, Grasmere.

What's next?

The next phase of the Local Plan review will be for the suggested policy options to be put out to public consultation, which will happen in May and June 2018. It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right.

See all the policies in practice videos: