This is an archived press release
Wednesday 20 October 2010
19 October 2010
More people to qualify for affordable homes in Peak District
Local people who have bought a house outside the Peak District National Park could now be eligible for affordable housing back in their home parish.
The Peak District National Park Authority normally restricts affordable housing to people who have lived in the area for 10 out of the previous 20 years and are in housing need. Until now it has excluded people who have bought a house outside the national park, even if they qualify in every other way.
Now it has decided to relax that restriction.
John Herbert, chair of the planning committee, said: “This will help local people who have bought a house outside the national park, perhaps for work or study, or simply to find a home they could afford. If they need to return to the national park, perhaps for family reasons or work, and could not afford to buy or rent on the open market, they now have a prospect of applying for an affordable home.
“This is a small adjustment of our policy that makes it more responsive to the needs of residents and people with lengthy connections to the national park.”
Most affordable housing in the national park is built and run by housing associations. People should contact their local district council for details of how to apply. Affordable homes are normally for rent or shared ownership.