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Housing: Yorkshire and Humberside

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she proposes to make land available for affordable housing in the North Yorkshire National Park. (136718)

Government policy is to improve affordability across the housing market. Local planning authorities have the key role in the delivery of affordable housing using all the tools available to them, including having an appropriate policy framework in a Development Plan.

In providing for affordable housing in rural communities, where opportunities for delivering affordable housing are more limited, the aim should be to deliver high quality housing that contributes to the creation and maintenance of sustainable rural communities in market towns and villages.

In line with Government guidance, the current North York Moors Local Plan includes an exceptions policy that enables the development of affordable housing on sites in villages which would not otherwise receive planning consent.

The emerging North York Moors Local Development Framework, in particular, the Core Strategy and Development Policies DPD that is currently at pre-submission stage, contains draft policies for improving the supply of affordable homes for local needs, including an exceptions policy.