Rural Housing Week

It’s Rural Housing Week – a great time to explain how the District Council works to enable and provide affordable homes in partnership with housing associations, community land trusts, almshouse trusts and charities.

The case for doing something to help local people remain in the district is simple: the average house price in Derbyshire Dales district is currently £377,100 (based on sales and valuations over the last 3 months), compared to a regional average of £246,000.

The cheapest open market homes (often described as the lower quartile house price) in Derbyshire Dales District is currently £226,700 (based on sales and valuations over the last 3 months), compared to a regional average of £151,000.

The house price to earnings ratio in the Derbyshire Dales is currently 9.4:1. This means that for those households on average incomes trying to buy the average priced home, they would have to multiply their salary 9.4 times. This figure varies across the district but Bakewell remains the least affordable ward in the Derbyshire Dales, where the average house price to income ratio is 12:1. The regional average is 6.6:1

Since 2003/2004 the District Council has enabled 1,373 affordable homes largely provided through housing associations. Many communities have benefited from these homes, ranging from small developments in villages such as Longford to larger schemes in our market towns.

A partnership between the District Council, Nottingham Community HA, Platform Housing Group and Lady Manners School has just seen 30 new affordable homes delivered with up to 74 further homes across the district likely to finish by March 2022.

The District Council has also become a provider of Council Housing again to help boost supply of new homes, with up to 9 homes likely to complete this year. More homes will follow over the next few years.

Many organisations lobby government for more support to provide affordable rural homes. A good summary of all the latest activity can be found on the Rural Services Network website

Nottingham Community HA are showcasing some of their recent rural schemes including the development at Bakewell, on their website

The District Council advertises all of the available affordable homes through www.home-options.org Anyone in need of housing advice can call the District Council’s Housing Team on 01629 761287 or email housingadvice@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
It’s Rural Housing Week – a great time to explain how the District Council works to enable and provide affordable homes in partnership with housing associations, community land trusts, almshouse trusts and charities.

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