This is an archived press release
Monday 21 March 2005
21 March 2005
Green light for 22 affordable homes in Peak District village
Lower cost housing for local people was given a boost when the Peak District National Park planning committee gave a provisional go-ahead for 22 affordable homes in Tideswell.
The scheme, put forward by Dales Housing Ltd, includes 10 two-bedroom starter homes, 10 three-bedroom houses and two two-bedroom bungalows off Chantry Lane. Final approval, however, will await an improvement scheme for a hazardous junction between Chantry Lane and the main road.
The shared-ownership homes, which would be valued at around £125,000-£145,000, have been welcomed by Tideswell Parish Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council for a village where a two-bedroom cottage can cost more than £200,000.
A council survey in 2003 revealed nearly 60 Tideswell households would be in housing need over the next five years and 22 were in immediate need.
To encourage lower-cost homes, the planning committee imposes conditions that housing on new sites should be allocated to local people who have a long connection with the area and are in housing need - and this applies whenever the property changes hands.
The Authority's lead member for affordable housing, Chris Furness, said: "I am delighted this development has been approved as it meets a well defined social need for local people and those who wish to return to an area with which they have a long association.
"The Authority actively encourages such applications, where District Council surveys have highlighted a need, because we believe they are a vital element in the preservation of permanent village communities and school populations.
"This scheme follows similar applications which will help to create an environment in which young people can look forward, if they wish, to living out their lives within the communities in which they were born and raised."
However, the Authority, whose main role is to protect the National Park, insists that the location, design and materials - in this case natural limestone walls and slate or 'stone' tiled roofs - should be appropriate.
Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said: "This scheme has been well designed to reflect traditional building styles; it is an area with proven need for social housing and this should help keep young families in the village, contributing to the vibrancy of the community."
Affordable housing was one of residents' top concerns at a series of community meetings with National Park leaders, and the Authority works closely with housing authorities, housing associations and developers to arrive at suitable schemes.
In the past year work has begun on 42 affordable homes in Bakewell, three in Parwich and 12 in Bradwell, while a further 10 in Eyam were recently approved, and six in Baslow await final approval. The Authority also considers individual applications for sites where no other affordable housing is available for local people.