This is an archived press release
Monday 14 November 2011Plans to build six affordable homes for local people as part of a new housing development in Birchover have been approved by the Peak District National Park Authority.
The new homes will be built at Barton Hill Quarry, a former industrial site previously used for quarrying and storing stone.
In all 19 houses will be built on the eastern edge of the village by HP Ltd Partnership.
Six homes bordering both sides of the main street will be let to local families from Birchover, Winster or Stanton. These rented properties will help keep young families in the area who might otherwise have been forced to move out because of high house prices.
The 13 remaining houses will be sold on the open market.
John Herbert, chair of the planning committee, said: “It’s important to provide affordable homes to help maintain the viability of our communities. This is vital to us and the people who want to live and work locally.
“Members of the planning committee felt that this scheme has been well designed to reflect traditional building styles. It uses local gritstone and has a layout that reflects the character of the village and will enhance the National Park.”
The application was fully supported by Birchover Parish Council.