This is an archived press release
Wednesday 23 February 2005
23 February 2005
Go-ahead for affordable homes in Peak National Park
Affordable homes schemes for local people have been given the go-ahead by the Peak District National Park planning committee.
Plans for six low-cost houses in Baslow were approved (subject to a new survey of local housing needs), along with 10 affordable homes as part of a 27-home development with sports and community facilities in Eyam.
Encouraging affordable homes in suitable locations where there is a housing shortage for local people is a priority of the Authority. Planning permission for such homes includes a legal agreement for the occupiers to have a lengthy connection with the area, and to be in housing need - a condition which remains whenever the property changes hands.
The Baslow scheme, for an unused triangle of land between Eaton Hill and Eaton Place, is in a prominent spot in the village which currently looks unkempt and overgrown. The applicant, the Equity Housing Group, has designed the houses to reflect the existing homes in the area and the site would be landscaped.
However, because a survey of local housing needs was last done five years ago, the committee is waiting for the results of a new survey being carried out by Derbyshire Dales District Council before finally giving the green light.
In Eyam, the need for affordable homes was established by a recent survey, and the 10 low-cost homes were an essential element of gaining permission for the whole development, which was unanimously supported by Eyam Parish Council.
The applicant, LRM plc of Stoney Middleton, finally succeeded in getting its plans approved after a rejection in 2003. It had redesigned the scheme to blend better with the existing buildings and village layout and agreed to enter a legal contract to deliver the community facilities, which include sports areas, playground, bowling green, community hall and 85-space car park.
Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said: "We
are keen to encourage affordable housing in the National Park, which was one of the residents' chief
concerns during a series of community meetings we held last year.
"However, the provision of affordable housing or any other development must never conflict with our primary purpose of safeguarding the landscape of the National Park."
Current affordable homes schemes under way or in the pipeline include: 36 houses and six flats in Bakewell,12 houses in Bradwell, and three in Parwich, near Ashbourne. Plans are also being prepared for 22 homes in Tideswell.