We believe that the continuing attractiveness and sustainability of the Dales depend on there being vibrant resident communities, with a diverse population supporting a range of economic and social activity. For such communities to function there must be an adequate supply of housing of different types.
The existing number of houses in the Dales could be sufficient for the size of the resident population. But incomes in the area (where much of the employment is in agriculture, tourism, services, etc) tend to be below average. This means that many properties are unaffordable even to those in essential employment. In addition there is a high percentage of houses used as second homes or holiday cottages and thus not permanently occupied. This means it is difficult, especially for the younger generation, to find suitable housing, with the result that some of them have to leave the area. This in turn leads to an imbalance in the population, schools becoming unviable, economic activity being affected and the quality of social life declining.
We are concerned that, in order to attract developers who find insufficient profit in building local occupancy and affordable houses, there must be a proportion of new open market housing, the future use of which is difficult to control. Nevertheless, in general we support the housing policies set out in the Local Plan 2015-30 of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
What we will do
Everyone is welcome at our events, members and non members - see Upcoming Events for more information. Our next event is on Saturday 19 January in the lovely village of Hellifield where our walk will include the proposed site of a large commercial leisure "village" which is currently a haven for wildlife, and also watch a beautiful short film about the Dales. All welcome, small charge for non members - see event entries.
There are many ways to Support our Charity and be a Friend of the Dales, to help keep the Dales special and vibrant for years to come.
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President Sir Gary Verity
Chairman Mark Corner
Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, BD23 3PN.
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