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Developers in Ribble Valley could face new rules for older residents
DEVELOPERS could be forced to allocate at least 15 per cent of new houses in the Ribble Valley to the over 55s under new plans to be discussed by the borough council.
A report, which will be discussed by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee tomorrow, has said there has been a ‘lack of delivery by the housing market over the past five years’.
At least 50 per cent of the total allocation for the over 55s will have to be classed as affordable with the rest being able to be sold at market value.
In 2010, 19.7 per cent of the population in the Ribble Valley were over 65 years old compared to the UK average of 16.6 per cent.
Committee member and Primrose ward representative Coun Mary Robinson said: “I agree with the plans and I think it’s important to make sure that we house older people as best we can.
“Ultimately it’s up to the planning committee and all we can do is recommend what we think is right.
“We have an aging population in the borough and there is no point in trying to hide that.”
Coun Ged Mirfin, who is a member of the planning and development committee and represents Billington and Old Langho on the council, said: “There is a desperate need for this type of housing in the borough and it’s a particular problem in my ward.
“It’s something that has not been of high importance to developers over recent years and I hope this new drive will change that.
“We have a lot of over 55s in the borough and as a council we need to make sure that they are housed correctly.”
The report states that the council’s evidence of the need for ‘specific housing types has been questioned’ at recent appeals ‘and the grounds for requesting older persons accommodation.
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