This is an archived press release
Thursday 16 June 2011
Approval has been given by the Peak District National Park Authority for eight affordable homes to be built in Youlgrave for local people.
The homes in Conksbury Lane will help young local families who might otherwise be forced to move out of the village because of high house prices.
The six houses and two bungalows will be built to achieve the highest rating for energy efficiency. They will include a range of sustainable features, such as solar panels and extensive double glazing which faces south to get as much natural solar heat as possible.
Youlgrave Parish Council made the application for the houses, which will be built and managed by the Peak District Rural Housing Association. A legal agreement will ensure that the homes are only used to provide affordable housing for local residents.
Councillor Trevor Bagshaw, vice chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: “Providing affordable homes is a top priority for us because national park residents tell us it is one of the issues that most concerns them.
“This scheme meets an identified need for affordable homes in Youlgrave. They will be very energy efficient homes and have been designed to fit in with existing houses in the area and the local environment.”
Members of the planning committee heard some local residents wrote opposing the application, saying the development would create congestion, remove three on-street parking spaces in Conksbury Lane and spoil open space in the village.
The application was supported by other residents, Friends of the Peak District, the chairman of Sustainable Youlgrave and the chairman of Youlgrave Village Plan Group who said the application met a need for affordable housing and that the homes would be energy efficient.