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More than 500 affordable homes in pipeline

Well over 500 new affordable homes for local people are in the pipeline across the Derbyshire Dales.

A report to the District Council's Community & Environment Committee next Thursday (12 July) reveals that a total of 547 affordable homes are currently being completed or have outline or full planning permission.

The District Council is playing a key role by successfully negotiating for affordable homes to be included in new private developments or for financial contributions from developers - secured by Section 106 agreements - to enable housing associations to create new affordable homes "off-site".

And the report states that District Council funding has enabled housing associations to purchase a greater number of Section 106 units, giving them confidence to invest in Derbyshire Dales rather than other areas.

In the current year, the District Council expects to beat its target of enabling 105 new affordable homes, working in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group, Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), Peak District Rural Housing Association (PDRHA) and a new registered provider to the Dales, Heylo Housing.

The biggest development in 2017/18 - 33 new affordable homes in Wirksworth's Ward Close – which was unveiled by NCHA this week.

The largest single development to become available in 2018/19 will be 50 affordable homes below Matlock Golf Club on Chesterfield Road, managed by Waterloo Housing, adding to the eight already delivered on that site in 2017/18.

Schemes in the pipeline with full planning permission that are expected to complete by 2021 include 30 on the former Lady Manners playing fields in Bakewell, 12 at Newburgh Engineering in Bradwell, and four at the former Creamery in Hartington.

Pre-application schemes include proposals for 66 new affordable homes in Bakewell Road, Darley Dale, and 22 in the village of Tideswell.

Developer-led sites with affordable housing units with outline or detailed planning permission that are due to complete from 2019/20 onwards include a total of 130 in Ashbourne at the former Airfield, Hill Top, Derby Road, Wyaston Road and the former Dove Garage in Mayfield Road.

Brailsford is set to gain 15 affordable units on developments in Luke Lane and Main Road, and Darley Dale 37 in Bakewell Road and Dale Road South.

Planned private developments are set to bring 19 affordable homes to Doveridge, 22 to Hulland Ward, 30 to Matlock, 31 to Tansley, five to Marston Montgomery and eight in Two Dales.

The report states:

"This is a significant development programme that is only possible through the joint funding of housing association schemes and a corporate approach to housing delivery.

"There has been a rapid acceleration of private developer led sites in Derbyshire Dales. In April 2015, 88 affordable homes had outline or detailed planning permission on developer led sites in Derbyshire Dales. By June 2017, this figure had increased to 373.

"There are currently 37 affordable homes completing this financial year on private developer led sites and a further 297 with outline or detailed planning permission, totalling 334 affordable homes over more than 25 sites.

"This does not include sites where we have taken an off-site financial contribution in lieu of on-site affordable housing provision."

Well over 500 new affordable homes for local people are in the pipeline across the Derbyshire Dales.

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