This is an archived press release
Monday 23 January 2006
23 January 2006
Affordable housing plan turned down for Baslow
Plans for eight affordable homes in Baslow were refused by Peak District National Park Authority planning committee – but it wants further talks to find an acceptable solution.
The Peak District Rural Housing Association’s scheme for six houses and two bungalows in Over Lane was turned down, mainly because:
- it would create an undesirable piecemeal development on a site that is currently open land
- the design would not be in keeping with the locality
- the need for another eight affordable homes in the village was uncertain – a scheme for six affordable homes was approved last year for nearby Eaton Hill, and has yet to be built.
The planning committee received 116 letters against the scheme and five in support, the majority questioning the need for extra affordable housing, objecting to the loss of rural open space, and poor accessibility and design.
Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said the residents had clearly expressed strong reservations about the scheme.
"Although we had to refuse this application,” he said, “we are committed to encouraging the provision of affordable housing where there is a need, and where the environmental impact can be minimised.
“What needs to happen now is for all the parties to get together to find a solution to the provision of affordable housing in consultation with the local community."
Discussions will take place between the Authority, the housing association, parish council and other interested parties over the future planning of the site.