Search for affordable home and job sites continues

Published on: 31 May 2017

A pressing need for affordable housing across the Lake District sees the current call for development sites extended until Monday 26 June.

The Lake District National Park (LDNP) has spearheaded a push to find plots of land with potential for homes and employment.

In an area where the average house price is over £322,000 and the lower end of income levels around £18,700, the need for more reasonably priced homes and work spaces is critical, according to Liam McAleese, head of strategy and partnerships.

He added: “I would urge anyone, landowners or members of the public, who knows of any possible sites to get in touch as quickly as possible. The search was due to end on Friday 2 June, but we have given a three week extension in the hope more suggestions will be forthcoming.

“The response so far has been encouraging with over 50 organisations and individuals contacting the LDNP. We want to maximise this opportunity to identify potential sites for affordable housing and employment so are giving people more time to come forward.”

Impact Housing Association is one of a number of affordable housing providers operating in the area, including community land trusts. It has been responsible for several successful schemes in the national park, including Broadgate Orchard, Grasmere, Waterhead Close, Ambleside and Calvert Way, Keswick.

Chair of Impact’s board, Mark Costello, explained his organisation worked with local communities acutely aware of the need for affordable homes and demand was extremely high.

He said: “One of our bungalows in Windermere received 52 bids. I would urge developers and landowners to take part in LDNP’s call for sites. The process of bringing sites to fruition is straightforward and staff are very helpful.”

Even relatively small locations can be considered. Those approved will go forward and be included in the Lake District National Park’s local plan, which is currently under review. The call for sites finishes Monday 26 June 4pm. Further information and contact details on or by post to the Strategy and Partnership Team, LDNPA, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal, LA9 7RL, phone 01539 724555.

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