Park issues over homes

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CONCERNS have been raised that not enough affordable homes will be built in the North York Moors National Park.

This week members of Scarborough Council’s cabinet approved a consultation document outlining a possible management plan for the national park.

David Walker, the council’s forward planning manager, said there was a need for 50 affordable homes in the borough area of the national park but there were only 10 planned within the whole national park area.

Cllr Bill Chatt, the portfolio holder for housing, said he was concerned about the situation. He added: “Young people need somewhere to live – not to live with mum and dad for ever which seems to happen.”

Mr Walker said he had seen evidence which looked at the viability of affordable homes as part of housing developments in the area. He said: “We’ve now got evidence of what we think would be reasonable.”

Cllr David Jeffels said he agreed with the comments on affordable homes. He added: “Ten is not enough. Affordable homes have been built and indeed oversubscribed.”

He said that average house prices in the park area could be as much as £250,000 –which was out of reach of most people.

Cllr Jane Mortimer said that she lived in the national park area and it was a difficult balancing act for the park authority. She said: “I don’t want to live in a working museum. I have 20 per cent holiday homes in my area. I don’t want any more.”

Officers will liaise closely with the park authority and monitor any amendments to the National Park Management Plan during 2012.