Freedom of information request: affordable housing

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Dear North York Moors National Park Authority,

A request for information from your planners.
1) The percentage of affordable housing required for housing developments of 10 dwellings or more or that are greater than 0.5 hectares in area. If more than one level is set in planning policies – for example varying by location in the district or size of development – the maximum, minimum and district average percentages.
2) The average percentage of affordable housing agreed on approval of planning applications for housing developments of 10 dwellings or more or that are greater than 0.5 hectares in the council’s area for each of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Boddington

Verity Allen, North York Moors National Park Authority

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Dear Mr Boddington

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act Request received on
Wednesday 2 January 2019.

 

The Authority has 20 working days to respond to the request. Therefore you
will receive a response by 30 January 2019.

 

If we can help in the meantime, please get in touch.

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

Verity Allen

 

Administrative Assistant

Customer Services

 

North York Moors National Park Authority

The Old Vicarage

Bondgate

Helmsley

North Yorkshire

YO62 5BP

 

01439 772700

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Dear Mr Boddington

 

Thank you for your email sent on the 2 January regarding your Freedom of
Information request regarding affordable housing in the North York Moors
National Park.

 

Firstly, it is worth mentioning that as a National Park the context for
considering housing policies is significantly different to that of a
normal District or Borough Council. The statutory protection of National
Parks, as set out in the 1995 Environment Act, is to conserve and enhance
the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park; and
promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of its special
qualities by the public. In pursuing these two purposes the Act also
places a duty on National Park Authorities to seek to foster the economic
and social well-being of local communities. The National Planning Policy
Framework endorses this approach by requiring great weight to be given to
conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks and acknowledges
that in these areas development should be restricted. Although all local
planning authorities are required to undertake an objective assessment of
their housing needs, Government does not expect those needs to be fully
met within the National Park. Instead, through the duty to co-operate the
Authority works with its four constituent local authorities to make sure
that the need for market and affordable housing is met across the wider
area. As such, housing development within the National Park is usually
small in scale and developments of a size and scale mentioned below are
relatively uncommon.

 

1.    The percentage of affordable housing required for housing
developments of 10 dwellings or more or that are greater than 0.5 hectares
in area. If more than one level is set in planning policies – for example
varying by location in the district or size of development – the maximum,
minimum and district average percentages.

 

Where a proportion of affordable housing is sought as part of a market-led
housing development the Authority seeks 40% to be affordable:

 

Within the main town of Helmsley on sites of more than 6 units/0.2
hectares. See Policy H3 of:

 

[1]https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/planni...

 

Elsewhere through Core Policy J of the Authority’s Core Strategy) on sites
of 0.1 hectares/2 units  in 7 ‘Service Villages’ (listed in Core Policy
B). See:

 

[2]https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/planni...
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Please note Core Policy J seeks 50% affordable housing. This was an
interim policy, 40% is now sought as a starting point in these areas
following viability work.

 

The Authority also has a Rural Exceptions Policy where development for
100% affordable housing could be permitted as an exception to normal
policy within and adjacent to settlements – see Core Policy K of the Core
Strategy.

 

The 2018 NPPF would then form a material consideration in any decision
making and may result in different size thresholds being applied.

 

2.    The average percentage of affordable housing agreed on approval of
planning applications for housing developments of 10 dwellings or more
that are greater than 0.5 hectares in the councils area for each of 2016,
2017 and 2018.

 

2016: 2 developments meeting criteria – average of 41% affordable units
granted permission.

 

2017: 3 developments meeting criteria – average of 60% affordable units
granted permission.

 

2018: No permissions meeting criteria.

 

The Authority is currently in the process of preparing a new Local Plan
which, once adopted, will replace the Core Strategy and Development
Policies document. We have recently completed the Preferred Options
consultation on the draft Plan and are preparing changes ready for the
next stage of consultation. Information on the draft Local Plan can be
found on our website
([3]https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/planni...)
and if you would like to be placed on the Local Plan database in order to
keep informed on our progress please let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Clair Shields

Planning Policy and Conservation

 

North York Moors National Park Authority

The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York. YO62 5BP

T: 01439 772 700

 

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Dear Clair,

Thanks very much for the response

Yours sincerely,

Andy Boddington