Bakewell development highly commended in planning awards

A Bakewell affordable housing development has received more plaudits at a town planning awards ceremony.

In June, Colonel Wright Close was named as the best small residential development in the Midlands at the Residential Property Awards 2022.

Now the 30-homes project, which took almost a decade to come to fruition, has been recognised in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s East Midlands awards.

The Highly Commended award for Excellence in Planning for Communities was presented to the Peak District National Park Authority, which worked together with Derbyshire Dales District Council and Platform Housing to achieve an affordable homes development for local people in need.

The development was unveiled last year and meticulous planning ensured the homes were built to maintain the look of the area, using stone from the local Dale View Quarry at Stanton Moor.

The land was originally bought from Lady Manners School, who used the funds to build their 3G sports pitch, which is now enjoyed by the school and wider community.

The District Council’s surveys had recognised an overwhelming need for affordable houses for local people in Bakewell and Colonel Wright Close is 100% affordable homes.

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The District Council supported the scheme by contributing £500,000 from its Right to Buy proceeds, the highest ever contribution it has made to affordable local needs housing.

The National Park Authority contributed £55,000 towards the cost of locally sourced natural stone from local quarries, less than five miles from the site.

Construction of Colonel Wright Close began in 2019 and despite being delayed by the Covid crisis, was completed in 2021. There are 19 x two-bed homes; 5 x three-bed homes; 4 x one-bed flats and 2 x bungalows. The properties are semi-detached in terraces of three or four properties.

Brian Taylor, head of planning for the Peak District National Park Authority, said:

"Colonel Wright Close is a good example of how we work with partners and developers to guide the right development in the right place to protect the special qualities of the National Park, whilst fostering the needs of its communities.”

The houses are occupied, rented with Platform Housing. All the houses are restricted to local people with a connection to Bakewell Parish or the adjoining parish, as required by the National Park's policies.

The housing scheme is named in honour of a Bakewell war hero, Colonel Leslie Wright, the last soldier to be rescued from the beaches of Calais in 1940.
A Bakewell affordable housing development has received more plaudits at a town planning awards ceremony.

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