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Consultation 'will see bad Lake District housing plans ditched'

Posted 1 December 2011
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Consultation 'will see bad Lake District housing plans ditched'
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A number of unsuitable proposals for building new homes within the boundaries of the Lake District will be abandoned after a public consultation, a national park authority official has said.

Locals have been invited to have their say on various proposals to provide 900 affordable new dwellings in the national park and over 2,500 responses have been received.

It may help to make sure those who love to head to the area with their backpacks and enjoy the countryside do not have their enjoyment curtailed by the sight of inappropriate developments.

The authority's Spatial Planning and Communities Team leader Chris Warren said the body needs to "ensure we only allocate genuinely suitable sites for development."

He added: "It is likely that as a result of the consultation some sites will be removed from the scheme."

At the last count, the resident population of the national park was 42,200, although this will inevitably rise if Natural England's proposals to extend its boundaries are accepted by the government in the new year.