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Affordable homes approved for Peak District village

This is an archived press release

Monday 19 April 2010

19 April 2010

Affordable homes approved for Peak District village

The Peak District National Park Authority has approved a scheme for four affordable homes in Calver, aimed at local young people who struggle to find adequate housing.

The two-bedroom, semi-detached houses for rent will go some way to helping 18 local households in need of affordable housing, as identified in a Derbyshire Dales District Council survey last year.

The houses, on vacant land in Main Street, are to be developed by local builders Wilcockson Construction of Hathersage, who have an agreement with the Peak District Rural Housing Association to take them over when finished next Spring.

National Park Authority planning committee chair Cllr Hilda Gaddum said: “I’m happy to say the committee unanimously approved the scheme. The houses are designed to fit the Authority’s guidelines - stone-built to blend with the cottage architecture of the village’s Conservation Area, with high standards of insulation and energy efficiency.”

Housing association manager Alison Clamp said: “We’re very pleased the Authority gave its approval. The survey proved that two-bedroom homes for young families are certainly needed in Calver, where I have been looking for suitable sites for about 15 years.”

Isabel Bellamy, rural housing enabler for Derbyshire Dales, said: “This is welcome news for Calver, where we’ve calculated that people need a household income of £45,000 a year to buy their first home. An entry-level home here would cost about £134,950, with a deposit of 25 per cent, which is beyond many local young people.

“The new homes will be rented to long-time local residents in housing need. Those who want to apply should register at www.home-options.org or 01629 761311.”

This is an archived press release

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