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    I’m involved in the Housing group of my Neighbourhood Plan in the South West of England. The area has a low wage economy. Locally we have a huge population imbalance where comparatively wealthy retirees flood into the area and effectively deny local families their own houses by pushing up prices beyond their reach. There is also a high incidence of houses bought for investment and used only seasonally. As a result, younger families are leaving the area or renting long term, which worsens the situation.

    We understand, anecdotally, that other NP teams have found ways to steer new housing towards existing local households and control second homes, and would like to learn from their experience. Any helpful comments will be welcomed.

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    Hi Glenn

    Have look at Eden Neighbourhood Plan, for the Upper Eden Valley in Cumbria

    It allows for building new homes for farm workers, but not for tourism

    I think the Winford one in Cheshire is interesting too in they positive want new housing


    On 3 September 2014 the independent examiner’s report was considered at a meeting of the Cheshire West and Chester Council Executive. At the Executive meeting it was decided that minor modifications should be made to the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan, as set out in the examiner’s report, and the plan proceed to referendum.
    The referendum was held on Thursday 23 October 2014. The ballot produced a 16 percent turnout of the 22,810 eligible voters, with 69 percent voting ‘yes’. The final stage in the process will be for Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive to ‘make’ the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan, at which point it will form part of the Development Plan for Cheshire West and Chester and will be taken into account in local planning decisions.

    Taken from http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/your_council/policies_and_performance/council_plans_and_strategies/planning_policy/neighbourhood_planning/winsford_neighbourhood_plan.aspx

    hope that helps

    Tim Morton

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    Tim, thanks for your quick reply, at this stage it all helps and although neither Upper Eden nor Wilmslow mirrors our local situation there are certainly elements in those plans which we can learn from.

    Ideally, I’m hoping to find a NP from an area which is under pressure to accept unwelcome volumes of new housing, and where the NP team has successfully made a stand by trying to ensure that new housing will primarily benefit local people rather than incomers. Now that would be really useful. Any suggestions please?

    Glenn Crawford

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    **Glenn / Tim**

    Dear Both.

    I agree with Tim’s point that the Upper Eden NP is the best one to look at – this also involved a consortium of 17 parishes.


    Chris (NALC)

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    Hi all

    Second all the suggestions above, it might also be worth looking at Chapel-en-le Frith, Woodcote, Allendale and Lynton and Lynmouth. Links below.

    St Ives is also worth a look, they have a draft policy on 2nd homes. However I would flag up that there has been some criticism of this policy by the planning minister. It has been submitted to the examiner so it is rather one to keep an eye on to see what the examiner decides.


    Kind regards





    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Profile photo of Emma Emma.
    Profile photo of Glenn

    Chris, Emma, thanks for your help, I’ve got some reading to do. The Woodcote NP also looks interesting (though there’s more money about there!). Meanwhile if there are any other suggestions I guarantee to follow them up.

    With regard to Lynton and Lynmouth NP, they had been mentioned to us before in the context of having a firm (fierce!) policy on second homes, but it has also been suggested that they can only do this because they are within the Exmoor National Park. Can anyone comment?


    Profile photo of Emma

    Difficult to comment on Lynton without knowing the full circumstances. I’m not sure what the implications of the national park would be, although Neighbourhood plans have to be in general conformity with higher level strategic policy and evidence based.

    You can also apply for a grant to help you with your writing your plan and potentially technical support if you have specific complex criteria. More information on our website here

    Emma (Locality)

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    Thank you Emma, we know about Locality and do have some financial support coming in already.

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