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Go-ahead for 14 new affordable homes in Peak District National Park

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Monday 16 November 2009

16 November 2009

Go-ahead for 14 new affordable homes in Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park Authority has approved plans for 14 new affordable homes - eight in Bamford and six in Warslow.

The Authority’s planning committee gave the green light firstly to Nottingham Community Housing Association’s scheme for eight two- and three-bedroomed rented houses on agricultural land off Brentwood Avenue, Bamford.

Planning committee chair Cllr Hilda Gaddum said: “The homes will help address a local need for 32 affordable homes revealed in a 2006 High Peak Borough Council survey.

“Although the Authority prefers developments not to encroach on fields, in Bamford there was little alternative - this was the best available location, with the least impact on the village and landscape of the national park.”

Nottingham Community Housing Association’s design reflects the local traditional building style and includes solar photo-voltaic cells to provide renewable energy and water-butts for the garden.

High Peak Borough Council, Bamford Parish Council and the Friends of the Peak District all supported the scheme, but there were 181 objections and a 30-name petition, many from Brentwood Avenue residents. The majority opposed the loss of a green-field site, the impact on the landscape and were concerned about traffic, parking and sewage disposal.

In passing the scheme, the planning committee sought assurances that the developer and landowner were providing access for neighbours’ septic tanks to be emptied.  

In Warslow, the Peak District Rural Housing Association was given permission for six affordable homes on the site of two disused industrial buildings.

The Association wants to build four three-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes on the Warslow Industrial Estate site. Despite a marketing campaign all four industrial units have been vacant since 2005, mainly due to the economic downturn and isolated location.

A housing survey by the Association and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council showed 18 households needing an affordable home, though this was disputed by Warslow and Elkstones Parish Council. In their view, the homes were not needed, they would unbalance the village and the industrial units could still be viable.

Cllr Gaddum commented: “Members expressed strong regret at the loss of industrial space and potential for jobs. But in the circumstances of such low demand they decided the site of two of the units would be better used for family homes that would keep young people in the village, helping sustain village life and the local school.”

This is an archived press release

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