Broughton homes plan reaction
Last updated at 14:26, Monday, 13 February 2012
YOUNG residents should be given first refusal on a batch of new homes, it has been claimed.
South Lakeland District Council’s local development framework outlines potential sites for 6,000 homes across the district.
In Broughton, the council has identified land off Foxfield Road as a single site which could host 16 homes in the village.
While the proposed sites would not necessarily be used for construction, they would be looked on as favourable areas for development.
But residents have raised fears the homes would have a low local occupancy rate, making it even more difficult for young people to buy homes in the village.
Carly Jade Holland and her husband Steve, of the Square, Broughton, have struggled to find an affordable home in Broughton.
Carly said: “I think there should be more than 16 but anything is better than nothing.
“I know plenty of young people who have moved away because they can’t afford to live here – they’ve had to go to Barrow or Millom.
“People who were raised here or grew up here should be given first refusal.”
Lynne Burch, chairwoman of Duddon Parish Council, echoed Mrs Holland’s concerns.
She said: “There’s not enough houses for local people. We have enough second homes and holiday lets in the village. I have family here who can’t afford to buy houses. I don’t agree with 16 houses because I know we’ll be given about three. There’s a lot of young people working in Broughton who are lucky enough to have a job but it’s a shame they can’t afford housing.”
First published at 13:08, Monday, 13 February 2012
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My partner and I are expecting our first baby but can not afford to get a house in Broughton let alone Ulpha (Where my partner has grown up). It would be a bonus if ALL the proposed 16 houses went to locals as currently the cheapest property in broughton is Â£120000 for a 2 bedroomed masionette. We will need to win the lottery it looks like.
I agree with the above comments. Carly and Steve should sell their home at a reduced market value to a young Broughton couple who are genuinely struggling to get on the property ladder. Can they also leave all the furniture that was given to them.
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