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					Lake District National Park Authority SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT Demonstrating Housing Need ____________________________________________________________________________

ENABLING PEOPLE TO WATCH THE WORK IN PROGRESS and GET INVOLVED

AUGUST VERSION This version builds on some of the comments and ideas in the previous version. The text in italics shows where we still have to insert things.

How to Prove „Housing Need‟ in the Lake District National Park

SPD 1: Supplementary Planning Document on Demonstrating Housing Need

Contents

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Introduction Background How do you prove that your proposal for new housing will meet the identified needs of the locality? Question 1: Is there clear and robust evidence of housing need? Question 2: Does the proposal show how it will meet the needs identified? Question 3: Does the proposal conflict with any other planning policies? Question 4: How will the occupancy of the house(s) be restricted? Question 5: How will the price of the house(s) be restricted?

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How are we going to help? Appendices including “Questions and Answers.” Glossary - note that any words in this document marked with an asterisk* are explained further in the glossary.

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Introduction

Who is this document for?
This document is mainly for people wishing to apply for planning permission to develop housing in the National Park. It explains how an applicant can demonstrate that they have conformed with Policy H20 in the emerging Joint Structure Plan. It explains what supporting information should be submitted with a planning application. Of course other relevant Structure Plan and Local Plan policies will also need to be considered. People wishing to comment on a planning application, including Parish Councils, may also find this document useful. It highlights the kind of information we will be expecting with any planning application. When members of the Lake District National Park Authority make decisions about any planning application to develop housing, they will use this document to help them.

How have we developed this document?
We have developed this document through discussion with key stakeholders. They have been       District Councils Parish Councils Housing Associations Developers Planning Agents Applicants

We have held individual meetings to discuss the issues within the document and a ‘work in progress’ version of the document has also been available on our website. We have also facilitated 3 workshops to discuss some of the issues and explain what we want to do. Representatives from all of the key stakeholders were invited to attend and notes from these workshops are also available on our website.

What do we want you to do now?
This document is now published for public consultation for 6 weeks. We would like your comments. We would like you to provide your response using the Response Form no later than 21 October 2005. Whilst we value your comments on any aspect of this document, we do not want you to comment on the housing policy H20 itself. This has already been developed through extensive public consultation and examination in public as part of the creation of the emerging Joint Structure Plan. If you need more information about how H20 has evolved, you can find it at www.planningcumbria.org.uk.

When we have received all the comments we will respond to you individually to explain what we are going to do. We will amend the document as appropriate and it will be presented to the Lake District National Park Authority in January 2006 for adoption.

How does this fit with our draft Statement of Community Involvement? We published a draft Statement of Community Involvement for consultation in June 2005. We are currently in the process of amending the statement and making improvements. However, the process we are following to involve you in the development of this document is in accordance with draft Statement. You can find the draft Statement on our website. Page 5 of the Statement explains the process in more detail. In the way we have developed this document, we have focussed on early community involvement by talking to key stakeholders and specialist organisations. Our recent workshops have been a part of this and the information we received from talking to people has changed the way the document has been written. We have also tried to make the way we have tackled this difficult subject more accessible and interesting. 80% of people attending our workshops said they thought we were beginning to do this well. And by placing a work in progress document on the website, for the very first time, anyone has been able to see the document change as we have created it.

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Background

The price of housing in the Lake District National Park has increased greatly in recent years. A number of reasons have probably contributed to the rise: the national trend in rising house prices, a rise in the numbers willing and able to buy a second or holiday home in the National Park, and a lack of new homes being built in the National Park. Local incomes have not risen to the same extent and therefore the gap between what many local people can afford and what is required to buy a house has widened significantly Research has found that £160,000 was the average price of a house in the Lake District National Park. With £23,000 being the average household income in the National Park this mean the price to income ratio for the National Park is 6:1. Mortgage companies tend to use a ratio of 3.5:1 as the maximum that can be borrowed. The research also found that 20% of all houses in the National Park are second homes, although the distribution of this varies. Coniston for example has 40% of its houses used as second homes. It is widely accepted (is it? By whom?) that having more than 25% of the housing stock as second homes starts to have negative impacts on the maintenance of a healthy rural community. To insert: Table showing percentages of home ownership in different areas These problems are not unique to the National Park, but, as a protected area, there are limited opportunities to develop sites to deliver housing to address these difficulties. The high landscape value of our area also increases its attractiveness as the location for holiday homes, second homes, commuter homes and retirements homes. This further compounds the affordability problem. To insert: Explain our previous policy approach (simply) and how this hasn’t worked as we have provided only xx number of units with local occupancy restrictions (average price??) and xx have been built at full market value. To insert: Next explain how we have been working on the Joint Structure Plan to develop a new policy approach where all new housing in the Lake District must meet the identified housing needs of the locality (see Policy H20 in appendix 1). The independent inspector at the recent Examination in Public on the Joint Structure Plan supported this approach and we now apply this policy when making decisions on all planning applications for new housing within the National Park. In simple terms this means that, if a planning application for new housing does not show that it meets the identified housing needs of the locality then it will be refused permission. So how do you prove that your proposal for new housing will meet the identified needs of the locality? Read on…

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How do you prove that your proposal for new housing will meet the identified needs of the locality?

You will need to submit a supplementary statement with your application that answers all five of the following questions: Question 1: Is there clear and robust evidence of housing need? To answer: Research the housing needs of the locality and identify the housing need. Question 2: Does the proposal conflict with any other planning policies? To answer: Consider how the location the proposed development fits within the settlement strategy for the National Park. Then, ensure the proposed site does not conflict with any other polices, particularly attention should be paid to policies which protect employment land and open space. Question 3: Does the proposal show how it will meet the needs identified? To answer: Demonstrate why your particular scheme has been chosen and how it will meet the identified needs. This may need to include an explanation of why the selected option is the preferred choice and reference other options considered. Question 4: How will the occupancy of the house(s) be restricted? To answer: Demonstrate how the scheme will ensure local occupancy is secured in perpetuity. Question 5: How will the price of the house(s) be restricted? To answer: Demonstrate how the scheme will ensure affordability is secured in perpetuity.

The next section shows what you need to do to answer each of these questions in order to prove to us that there is a local need for your housing proposal. You need to start at Question 1 and work through, in order, to Question 5. We want to be involved with you throughout this process so we can ensure that any problems are solved at each stage before you move onto the next one. We are here to help. Please keep in close contact with us throughout the process. Our contact details are provided in Appendix ?. To insert: flow diagram here to summarise the process and when we and others need to be involved.

How do you answer Question 1? Is there clear and robust evidence of housing need*?
You first need to identify the locality within which you are going to carry out a housing needs survey. The locality is likely to relate to a parish (or group of parishes). Please contact us at this early stage as decisions taken on what locality you want to look at and how you conduct the survey may be critical to how we consider your planning application. We would also recommend that you contact the relevant District Council and Parish Council(s) and Parish Plan Group(s) at this point as they may have already begun some work on this area. We can help you identify the right people to contact.

Find Out if a Survey Already Exists You need to establish whether or not there is any information that already exists that provided clear and robust evidence of the housing needs of the locality that you are proposing your development in. The Lake District National Park Authority has copies of existing evidence relating to housing need, this includes existing Cumbria Rural Housing Trust surveys, various consultant reports and other information submitted in support of planning applications. All this information is available for reference at the Reception of Murley Moss. The Contact Centre staff can let you know if there is an existing survey. They can also provide you with an update on current surveys, and ones planned for the future. If a survey already exists… and this survey identifies a housing need, then you can move onto Stage 2 if the process. If no survey exists… You may want to lobby for someone else to do it, or You may wish to consider conducting your own. The process for conducting your own survey it outlined below. However, it may be useful to try and bring other interested groups or individuals together to do one, rather than attempting to conduct or commission one in isolation. We recognise that problems of housing affordability in the National Park are acute. We also acknowledge that from our own experience and knowledge it is likely that some housing need exists within most communities in the National Park. However, assertions like these are simply not enough to justify releasing land for housing. Clear and robust evidence of housing need is required. The Housing Need Survey Methodology The only way the National Park Authority would be able to grant permission for housing is on the basis of clear and robust evidence of the need for such a development. The purpose of this survey is to find out whether or not a housing need exist. It is therefore critical that any investigation into the housing needs of an area does not assume that a housing need exists. Cumbria Rural Housing Trust have been working on the issue of affordable housing in rural areas, and conducting surveys needs surveys for over twenty five years. Over this time they have developed and refined their methodology. We strongly recommend that any housing needs survey uses the housing needs survey methodology of Cumbria Rural Housing Trust.

As you can see this involves a substantial amount of work. So, before embarking on a full housing needs survey we would suggest you perform a fairly simple housing health check. An Initial Housing Needs Health-check Cumbria Rural Housing Trust have produced a ‘Rural Housing Needs Toolkit’ this includes a housing health check survey form and lists the data sources you will need to use to complete it. In essence though this enables you to establish in basic terms that there is potentially a housing problem in your locality and that it warrants further investigation. A copy of this form can be found in Appendix…

A full copy of ‘Rural Housing Need Toolkit’ is available to purchase from Cumbria Rural Housing Trust for £9.50 (inc postage and packing). Please contact: Cumbria Rural Housing Trust Redhills House Redhills Business Park Penrith Cumbria CA11 0DT Tel 01768 210 264 email cumbria@ruralhousing.fslife.co.uk webpage www.crht.org.uk This document explains how to do a survey, and identifies potential pitfalls, and the resources required. It is written is simple language and aimed at a general audience. Examples of Housing Needs Survey reports and examples of their survey questionnaires are also available from CRHT for a small charge. Please contact them direct for more information. Your community is likely to have an affordable housing need if The Ratio of Income to House Prices is more than one to three and a half (1:3.5) and More than 15% of your housing stick is second homes or holiday homes or Less than 15% of your housing stock is available to local people at below market rents or through low cost home ownership Source: Based on Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, Rural Housing Needs Toolkit If the health-check suggests there may be a housing need a more detailed survey should follow. A Housing Needs Survey We think a comprehensive housing needs survey is the only really clear, robust and consistent way to demonstrate the housing needs of the locality. As such any application that does not include or refer to such a survey is likely to be unacceptable. Likewise any survey, which is not conducted to this methodology, may also be unacceptable. The CRHT methodology involves a 100% sample. Cumbria Rural Housing Trust’s Two Part Survey The basis premise of the CRHT housing survey methodology is that it consists of a survey form that is sent to every household. The form is in two parts. The first part completed by every household asked about their perceptions of housing need. Whether they feel that new housing could be easily accommodated within the villages and asks them to suggest potential locations for this. It also asks for reasons they would be opposed to housing and details other considerations such as local services and facilities. The second part of the survey is to be filled in by people who consider themselves to be in housing need. The CRHT survey includes the provision for data to be collected from people who have had already had to leave the area but who would like to come back. Any such people should fill in a part two survey form. A copy of the form can be found in Appendix …It may be reproduced

The Components of Housing Need Housing need is about need, not choice. A survey which concludes that a certain number of people would choose to live in a certain location is not evidence of housing need. Many of us if asked would choose to move to a nicer house in a lovely rural location but we have no need to do so. Under the CRHT methodology to be in serious housing need you must be inadequately housed AND be unable to afford to rent and/or buy on the open market. The Lake District National Park Authority consider that to be in housing need a household must be: a) Inadequately housed AND b) Unable to afford to rent and/or buy on the open market AND c) Have a need to live in the locality a) Inadequate housing could include sub-standard accommodation, a house that is too big or too small for your needs, the mortgage or rent is too expensive, or is an insecure tenure. The house could also be in the wrong location, if you work in the locality and have to commute from outside the area. Again this must relate to need and not choice. b) In order to demonstrate a household is unable to afford to rent or buy on the open market it must be demonstrated that there is a disparity between their income and local house prices. The data must show a housing need and not just a preference. There are some households who aspire to home ownership but whose income means that would not be able to achieve this even if they were looking to buy in a less high value market. c) The third component of being in housing need is to have a need to live in the locality. This could be because you live there already or work in the area. The fact you have a local connection is unlikely on its own to be enough to justify a housing need to be in the locality, but this kind of information could help support a justification if there were other significant factors. Defining Housing Need As a household must meet all three of the criteria to be considered in housing need by our definition it is important to link the data collected in a way that shows how many households meet all of the criteria. Information on households, who meet one, or two of the criteria can provide useful supporting background information, but without meeting all three of the criteria you cannot fulfil the definition. Ultimately if planning permission is granted for a development, who can occupy the property and the price they should have to pay, will be ties down. The occupancy controls will relate back to the needs surveys- those who live and work and work in the locality. It is important to remember that the policy talks about the housing needs of the locality not the individual. It would not be enough just to highlight an individual’s particular circumstances, because, if these circumstances were to change, there may no longer be a need. This is why we recommend conducting a survey of the whole locality to ascertain the immediate, mid-term and long term needs.

Data Protections Issues In defining who is and who is not is serious housing need the relationship between household income and house prices is therefore essential. The housing needs survey asks several

questions relating to income which we recognise can seem personal and intrusive. However, without information about household income it would not be possible to classify a household as being in housing need. The collection and analysis of the data must therefore be sensitively handled and accord with all the requirements of the Data Protection Act.)

Avoiding Any Potential Bias If you are proposing to conduct a housing needs survey (not using CRHT) we would suggest you agree the methodology with us before undertaking the survey. This would include how you will promote the survey and ensure it is seen as a piece of ‘independent research’, how the data will be analysed and checked, how you will address data protection issues, and agree the locality you will survey. This can help ensure we do not reach a situation where the methodology used in your survey is questioned later on in the process. As this could undermine any survey results. IF CRHT are not involved we would want to have any anaylis independently verIfied by the district council CRHT or ourselves. Turning Surveys into Evidence of a Need- The Case for Independent Analysis We acknowledge that the analysis of part one of the survey forms could be undertaken by, for example, a parish council or a planning consultant. But, a clear message from the CRHT housing needs toolkit is the importance of the research being independent. The essential part of the analysis relates to the part two survey forms where a judgement about whether or not the information supplied is sufficient to classify the respondent as being in housing need is required. It is therefore the analysis of that information from the survey that it critical. Identify the Housing Need Having conducted the survey the results need to be analysed. In partnership with CRHT and other we have developed a pro-forma to help with this. Summary Table for Evaluating Housing Needs Surveys (including example of content)
Survey Response Reference A Inadequately housed Unable to rent and/or Buy on the open market because… Household income only £15,000 p/a Reason for needing to be in the Locality Work in locality, currently renting in locality Housing Aspiration/Need (inc. reality check) Would like to buy 3 bed house, but could really only afford rent Would like to buy, could afford shared equity/rent In Housing Need? (inc. reasons, and an assessment of how to meet that need) Yes Recommend Rent (3-4 bed) Yes Recommend Rent or Shared Equity up to 50% of market value No Could afford to buy on the open market No, lives and works in Kendal so no need to be in the locality No

B

C

House to small for a family of five and too expensive £550 a month Still living at home- would like to set up first independent home House too big

Income £210 a week

Work in locality, commute in

Income 35,000

Live there now

Would like to move to smaller house

D

E

F

Insecure tenure (renting in Kendal) No, want to move for aspirational reasons Currently

Income £150

To be near friend

Income 25,00 but owns home outright Income £550 a

Works locally, current resident

Work in locality,

Currently renting but would like to buy Wants a bigger garden, could afford to do this on the open market Would like to rent

Yes

renting- rent too expensive

month but rent £350

currently renting in locality

Recommend Rent

NB: Do not include names and/or addresses in the table. The responses should be anonymous. 

Having had the results from your survey forms analysed you should now be in a position to identify what level of housing need there is and for what type of housing. (To insert: Need for people to explain whether it would be 1/2/3 bedroom?; terrace/semi?; to rent, buy or shared equity. .) It is possible that the information included in your summary table could allow an individual to be identified from the information available. This would be in breach of the Data Information Act. We therefore ask that you transfer the information from the summary table into summary paragraphs. The summary paragraphs should then be submitted to us with your planning application. Example of a good summary paragraph    Three households live and work locally, cannot afford to buy, are in insecure tenures and therefore are in housing need. Two households are looking to buy, and could afford shared ownership. They are inadequately housed and both live in the locality. Two households who work locally but have been forced to leave the village want to come back. They could only afford shared equity.

Example of an unacceptable summary paragraph  Thirteen households in need live locally, four households have houses that are too big or too small for their need, ten households could not afford to rent on the open market.

To be in housing need all three of the criteria have to be met by each household. This summary does not explain whether the different facts refer to the same households or not. Therefore we cannot judge if each household meets our definition of housing need* or not.) Additional examples of good summary paragraphs can be obtained from the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust.

We will not normally need to see the tables themselves and if they were submitted to us they would be treated as confidential. The summary paragraphs will however be publicly available.  If you wish to do a more comprehensive assessment of housing need you could gather the following additional information in addition to the standard housing needs survey. This is not however compulsory.  A Survey of Employers, asking them if they have any staffing requirements that could generate housing need and/or  An Employees Survey, asking where employees commute from and whether they would like to move closer to work. Employees who answer yes to this question should be encouraged to fill in Part 2 of the housing needs survey form.

How do you answer Question 2? Does the proposal conflict with any other planning policies?
Part One: Location The first planning policy that you should consider relates to the location of the development. These consideration can be broken down into different parts: Firstly, is this the right site?
(a policy question)

and secondly, is this development the right development - to meet the need? - design access layout etc?

(a development control question)

At this stage we are looking mainly at the policy questions of whether or not this is the right site for housing development. However, site specific issues such as typography, layout protected trees, conservation area etc. may also impact on whether or not the site is suitable for development, as well as impacted the design and layout. If you site is within the development boundary of a larger settlement (as defined in H1 and H2 of the Local Plan) or within a village (as defined in policy H4 of the Local Plan) you will need to show how the development of that site, in the way you’re proposing will meet the housing needs identified. If this is the case, you can now move on to part two: site specifics. But, if your site is not in a larger settlement, or within a village (i.e. it is what is classed as open countryside in the Local Plan) you will need to show that there is no more appropriate way of meeting the identified need. Therefore, having established a housing need the next phase in the process is to consider all the options that could be used to meet the housing need. It is important that you consider all the possible options for meeting the need. This should include:    Options for making better use of the existing stock For example, vacant space over shops, bringing vacant or underused housing stock back into use, purchasing houses from the open market Conversions of existing buildings Identify potential sites for new development of previously developed and undeveloped sites. Known in planning jargon as brownfield and greenfield sites respectively.

It is important that in this early stage that all possible options are considered. It may be useful to start with a brainstorming exercise, or a community event that could capture everyone’s ideas. At this stage the feasibility of the project -financial or otherwise, or its compliance with policy should prevent the idea being recorded. The consideration of the viability of ideas comes later on. Is this the right location for development? Having brainstormed possible options you can now test should be the viability of proposals. All the ideas on potential solutions should now be tested for compliance with national, regional and local planning guidance. There are many techniques you could use to do this. One technique is to classify all the proposals using traffic lights green for OK under current policy, amber for may need a local interpretation of policies or require some minor change in policy and red for contrary to policy. This should enable you to quickly discard ideas, which do not broadly accord with policy.

In undertaking such an exercise it is important that reference to the sequential approach to new development is made. This can be found in the Strategy Chapter of the emerging Joint Structure Plan. In general terms it is preferable to make better use of existing housing stock, then to make better use of existing buildings, then to build on brownfield land and only as a final option would you build on greenfield land when all other possibilities had been exhausted. However, there is also a locational search sequence, which may need to be considered. For example a greenfield site located next to larger settlement, may be preferable to a brownfield location in open countryside. It is therefore important to understand that all planning policies should be read together. Select the Preferred Option(s) The viability of the various options is the next thing that needs to be considered. Having tested all the possible ideas against policy, you should now be in a position to rank the proposed solutions in order of preference. You should also be able to explain why chosen option(s) you are pursuing is (are) preferred. This information can take the form of a table, a spreadsheet or a written paper. It should be as clear and concise as possible. Ideally it should demonstrate a logical thought process which starts with the identified housing need, demonstrates that different options have been considered, and explains which options are possible or not possible and why. This should therefore led to a logical conclusion that clearly and robustly demonstrates that the proposed development will meet the identified need, in the best way. This phase of the process is particularly important for exceptions sites. Part Two: Site Specifics Other policy considerations Once you have a particular site in mind, you then need to consider other policies that may relate specifically to the site you have in the mind. The first thing to do is to look at the Lake District National Park Local plan which can identify key constraints like protected open space of employment land. At this stage you may wish to send a site plan in to Development Control, they can perform a constraints check on the site and identity any issues that they think may need resolving. This advice at this stage in the process can save a lot of negotiations later on (capacity issues? should we/can we charge for this service, if you are buying house its costs £10 for this info? Can we develop a pro-forma?) Particular attention should be paid to policies which protect employment land and open space. The importance of reading all planning policies together is particularly important when considering any proposals to build affordable housing on employment land. The Cumbria and Lake District Joint Structure Plan acknowledge the difficulty of allocating new land for employment purposes within the National Park. The EiP Panel report strongly supports our contention that most new employment land opportunities in the National Park will come from windfall sites, usually resulting form the conversion of existing buildings. These facts increase the importance of retaining any employment land for employment purposes. It is important to recognise that the issues of any loss of employment would have to be resolved before any discussions on options for housing should be begun. An applicant would need to demonstrate not just that the employment land was unsuitable for their use but that the employment land was unsuitable for any employment use what so ever. We would seldom expect this to be a provable case.

So, we are fully supportive of seeking solution to the problem of affordable housing in the Lake District National Park. But, just because the development proposed is for housing for locals/affordable housing it cannot be exempted from other policy requirements such as the requirement to protect employment land, landscape, design, or settlement polices. The settlement strategy for the National Park, which can be found in the Local Plan, should help you gauge the scale of development likely to be permitted. Again this should also relate to the scale of the housing need identified.

How do you answer Question 3? Does the proposal show how it will meet the needs identified?
With a site in mind it should now be possible to justify the design of your scheme in term of types of housing for example flats, terraced, semis, detached, the size of the housing, number of room, numbers of bedrooms, the scale of the accommodation, small, medium, large, gardens/outside space etc. number of units and tenure e.g. rent, shared ownership, shared equity, discounted housing for sale etc. with reference back to the needs survey, and any site specific consideration for example the need to retain a protected tree, avoid the floodplain etc. Very simply, if the housing needs survey concluded that there is a need for a three bedroom family house for shared equity and you are proposing a three bedroom family house for shared equity then your proposal should meet the identified need. Likewise if the survey found no need for flats for rent, and you are proposing flats for rent then you would not be meeting the identified housing need of the locality.

How do you answer Question 4? How will the occupancy of the house(s) be restricted?
Because only houses which meet local need will be permitted under H20 we have to ensure that they are used to houses local people at a price they can afford. To do this restrictions are placed on the houses built that control who may live there and how much they should pay. They are called ‘occupancy restrictions’ and ‘price restrictions’. The usual way that the Lake District National Park Authority seeks to protect new housing development from externally generated demand (demand for second homes, holiday homes, commuter homes, people retiring to the area) is through the use of local occupancy conditions. These can be secured either through a condition or a legal agreement. Planning Conditions and Legal Agreements As policy H20 explains there are essentially two ways in which local occupancy can be ensured. These are a planning condition or a Section 106 legal agreement. A planning condition is a condition that is integral to the granting of the planning permission, included in the decision notice that must be complied with. To insert:(Example of planning condition here A legal agreement is a separate legal agreement, made under the provisions of section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (hence its common abbreviation to s106 agreement) which sets out requirements that the planning authority and the applicant have agreed to. The supporting information you provide with your planning application should acknowledge that you are happy to have the appropriate occupancy condition applied at this stage. The precise mechanism- through condition of legal agreement with depend on other factors. The details of which are best left to development control discussions.

How do you answer Question 5? How will the price of the house(s) be restricted?
There are various models and mechanisms that can be used to control the price of housing. Which model is best will depend on particulars of each individual scheme. Therefore at this stage, submitting supporting information with a planning permission, all an applicant needs to do really is to recognise that some kind of price control mechanism will be needed. You should be aware that this will affect the value of your development. The discussions about what kind of control mechanism, how it works, and what price it is set at will depend on the size, type, scale, tenure and other factors which are best dealt with through the development control process. In general terms though, if the housing is for rent, we would be looking to apply and maintain the Housing Corporations maximum rents. If it is for sale, shared ownership or shared equity a link will need to be made make to what the needs survey showed the people in housing need could afford. A separate document showcasing price control mechanisms, impact on mortgages and other issues.

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How are we going to help?

It is important to understand the role of the Lake District National Park Authority. We are a Planning Authority, able to make decisions about where housing can go. But we are not a Housing Authority with any powers to develop new housing. Nor do we currently have any powers to directly affect the open market. However, we are committed to doing everything we can within our powers to support local people in solving housing issues:

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We will try to obtain funding for carrying out Park wide housing needs surveys. We are currently waiting to here is our bid to central Government for £500,000 was successful. We will act as facilitators helping applicants to follow the necessary steps to provide housing where it is needed and where it is on appropriate sites and satisfying the requirements of this SPD We will seek to allocate sites for housing for identified local needs through the production of our LDF for the National Park We will continue to influence national and regional policy to ensure that they take into account the unique housing problems which we experience in the National Park We will continue to work closely with District Councils/ Housing Associations etc to enable the provision of housing for local needs

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5 Appendices including Questions and Answers

6 Glossary*


				
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