This is an archived press release
Friday 21 October 2005
21 October 2005
National Park planners approve new Bakewell medical centre and affordable flats
A new medical centre with a pharmacy and five affordable flats have been approved by the Peak District National Park planning committee (October 21).
The site in Haddon Road, Bakewell, is currently a petrol station and council depot, and will enable the Bakewell Medical Centre to move from its current cramped site in Butts Road. The flats and pharmacy will help fund the scheme, and the application also includes a redeveloped petrol station and a new road junction to create better access.
The planning committee supported the new medical centre unanimously, but stuck to its objective priorities by insisting the flats should be affordable homes, limited to local people in housing need, rather than full market value as the applicants would have preferred.
National Park Authority chair Tony Hams said: "The Authority has made affordable local needs housing an absolute top priority, especially in a place like Bakewell where property prices have gone sky-high.
"We believe the principle of affordable housing is an over-riding issue, and on this application we must make our decision in that light."
Chair of the planning committee Narendra Bajaria said: "We are all in full support of the new medical centre, there is a need for it and this is an appropriate site. But there's no doubt there is also a clear need for affordable local housing in Bakewell and housing associations have stated that, with the support of Derbyshire Dales District Council, they are willing to achieve it on that site."