This is an archived press release
Wednesday 9 November 2005
9 November 2005
National Park affordable housing shortlisted for award
The Peak District National Park Authority's pioneering policy on affordable housing is one of only 16 projects shortlisted nationwide for the Royal Town Planning Institute's Silver Jubilee Cup.
The shortlisting is a recognition of the Peak District's lead role since 1990 in imposing conditions on planning permission which limit most new-build homes in the national park to lower-cost housing for local people.
Other national park authorities have followed suit as the demand for housing in scenic rural areas pushed market values beyond the reach of many locals, including young families and key workers.
In the 15 years since the Authority first launched its policy, more than 400 lower-cost homes have been permitted throughout the national park – some for rent, some shared ownership and some to buy.
National Park Authority lead member for housing, Chris Furness, said: "The local occupancy restrictions result in prices about a third lower than the open market, and as the same restrictions apply whenever the home changes hands, they ensure lower prices are passed on each time.
"This policy has had strong support from local parishes, as it helps keep young families and older people in communities. We are very glad to be shortlisted for these prestigious national awards, as it will help raise the profile of this important issue."
National Park planning officers work closely with developers, housing associations, housing authorities and parishes to make sure the homes blend in with existing settlements and meet a housing shortage. Advice for developers is on the National Park website (www.peakdistrict.org), as is a local occupancy legal agreement for anyone to copy and use.
The Royal Town Planning Institute national awards and Silver Jubilee Cup winner will be announced on 2 February at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
Alastair Mackenzie, chair of the judging panel, said: "The Silver Jubilee Cup is the premier award in planning whose winners act as a beacon to the profession. It is an exceedingly tough selection procedure, we really are looking at the best of the best."
The National Park Authority was also recently commended for its housing policies in the Institute's regional awards.