Craven District Council reduces affordable housing threshold

The Planning Team at Rural Solutions has recently written to a number of local architects, agents and other interested parties based in and around, or active in the Craven area to update them on a recent policy change affecting residential developments within the District.

Craven District Council’s Policy Committee took the decision on Tuesday May 29th to reduce the threshold at which the authority will seek the provision of affordable houses on residential developments from 15 dwellings to 5.

This amendment, which we understand has not yet been formally publicised by the Council, is likely to impact upon many small and medium scale developments within the District and may lead architects and others advising local land owners to reassess the development potential of sites and emerging development schemes.

Duncan Hartley, Head of Planning at Rural Solutions and former Director of Development at Craven District Council, stated:

“We represent a number of developers who are active in the Craven area and this policy change is sure to have a big impact on both how sites are selected and how development proposals are advanced through the planning application system within the District. We will be closely watching how the Council advances its affordable housing policy through its current interim approach and its emerging Local Plan.”

For an informal discussion on how this policy change may impact upon land interests or emerging development proposals please contact Duncan Hartley or James Ellis on 01756 796199.

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