The village of Winster is to get new affordable homes for local people thanks to a partnership between Derbyshire Dales District Council, Winster Parish Council and the Peak District Rural Housing Association.
The three agencies have been working for the past 10 years to secure affordable homes for local people who have a link to the village.
Four flats – each with two bedrooms – will be built on land off Florence Gladwin Close following unanimous planning approval by the Peak District National Park Authority last Friday.
Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, said:
"We carried out two housing need surveys in Winster that highlighted a particular need for smaller units for single people and couples - accommodation Winster currently lacks.
“We helped to identify the site and allocated £80,000 capital funding to help make this development happen, so we are delighted that planning approval means work can get underway."
The application was submitted by Winster Parish Council and the new homes will be managed by Peak District Rural Housing Association, which works to provide homes for local people in the Peak District and surrounding rural areas.
The new homes will be built in a single terrace, each with an entrance door to the front, giving the appearance of a row of houses, and the flats have been designed to blend with the village, and will be built from natural stone with blue tiled roofs.
The scheme will be built for Peak District Rural Housing Association by their development partners emh group – a large housing provider and developer. In addition to the District Council cash, the scheme has been allocated grant funding by the Homes and Communities Agency. The flats will be let via the Home Options system, with registration available at www.home-options.org
Rob Greatorex, clerk of Winster Parish Council, said:
"Winster is a thriving village, but like most Peak District villages, has a genuine need for good affordable housing for local need. A survey carried out previously confirmed this and since 2007 the Parish Council has been working with DDDC, PDRHA and PDNPA to find a suitable site to develop to meet the identified need. The task has not been easy or quick, but the council is delighted that a local landowner offered land off Florence Gladwin Close to develop.”
Cllr Brian Long, chairman of Winster Parish Council, added:
"The decision to grant planning consent is excellent news and the Parish Council looks forward to work commencing on site shortly."
The Peak District National Park Authority’s Director of conservation and planning, John Scott, said:
“This scheme has been developed through close working between the Authority’s officers, Winster Parish Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Peak District Rural Housing Association. It is one of a number of potential schemes for affordable local needs housing that we are working on at the moment – the others are in Bakewell, Tideswell and Taddington – which could deliver around 60 much-needed properties in these communities.”
Cllr Lesley Roberts, who chairs the Peak District National Park Authority, added:
“This decision shows the Authority’s commitment to allowing new homes to be built in the National Park - and that we follow our plan to meet local needs and affordability.”