Wednesday, 20 February 2008 08:13

Planning rules 'thwart Lakeland economy'

Written by  Ruralcity Media
NATIONAL planning policies are stifling the rural economy in the Lake District, the government has been warned.

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Government planning policies are also thwarting the area's affordable housing plans, claims
South Lakeland District Council.

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Rural enterprise is stifled, says the council
The comments form the council’s response to a nationwide review about how land use and planning policies can better assist rural businesses and deliver affordable housing.

The government review is being headed by Matthew Taylor – Lib Dem MP for Truro and St Austell in Cornwall.

In its response, South Lakeland District Council’s said current policy restrictions were preventing small businesses from expanding and taking on more staff in villages and hamlets.

Furthermore, hopes of providing more affordable housing sites in the area were also being thwarted.

The essential requirement to deliver affordable housing was constrained by the gap between the value a landowner may expect for a site and that which can be paid by a developer to deliver a home that is affordable.

Landowners with sites which could be developed were not coming forward.

Businesses in many areas outside towns were classed as being in "open countryside", which is governed by strict planning and development controls.

In order to retain young people and their families, the council believes there must be small-scale economic development for rural enterprises and better incentives to boost the provision of affordable housing.

Although the council and the Lake District National Park Authority are the major planning authorities, they must consider national planning policy when making local policy and determining planning applications.

Submissions to the Taylor Review must be made by 7 March. Mr Taylor is due to report his findings this summer.

                  See also:
                            Appeal for evidence on rural housing (18 February 2008)
                            Warning over affordable rural homes (23 November 2007)
                            Get tough on second homes, PM told (18 November 2007)
                            Call to boost affordable rural homes (18 October 2007) 
                     • £10.2bn boost for affordable homes (16 October 2007)
                     • Scrap right to buy, says council boss (10 October 2007)
                     • Spending review ignores rural issues (9 October 2007)
                            Watchdog welcomes housing pledge (13 July 2007)
                            Civil servants debate housing crisis (11 July 2007)
                            Councils 'could provide more homes (3 July 2007)
                            PM Brown says homes are priority (27 June 2007)
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