Council shortlisted for housing awards

General Views: Derbyshire Dales District Council headquarters, Bank Road, Matlock.
General Views: Derbyshire Dales District Council headquarters, Bank Road, Matlock.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has been shortlisted from more than 300 entries for one of the UK’s top housing awards.

After scooping the Housing Heroes Development Team of the Year award two years ago, the District Council is back in the running to reclaim that title in a competition that showcases the people and teams doing exceptional work in the housing sector.

The District Council is the only local authority among six finalists in the Development Team of the Year category in the fourth year of the Housing Heroes Awards.

The event is organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and attracted an amazing response with submissions from the length and breadth of the UK.

The winners will be revealed on Friday, May 11 and Robin Lawler, president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Leadership does not just reside in the Chief Executive and Chair of organisations. In the most effective and dynamic housing organisations, leadership runs from the top to the bottom.

“Heroes are people who show drive, commitment and, above all, leadership. These heroes do a variety of roles - paid and unpaid; senior and junior; customer facing and back office.

“The Housing Heroes Awards are a great way to recognise the heroes who work selflessly across the housing sector in a great variety of organisations throughout the UK.”

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “Helping to provide housing that meets local needs continues to be the top priority identified by local Council Tax payers and being shortlisted for another major housing award is a tribute to the continuing terrific work that is happening here.

“I was delighted the Derbyshire Dales was singled out for special praise when last month I attended the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Reception at the House of Commons and I am proud of the District Council’s reputation of being ahead of the game when it comes to housing provision, accessing funding and fighting homelessness.

“In this tough economic climate we are having to battle hard for every penny to fund our housing projects, yet this year we are aiming to build 80 new homes and we are also making great progress in helping vulnerable people in housing need through partnership work with agencies such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Age UK’s Housing Options service.

“We have listened to what residents say they need and since 2002 the District Council has enabled 950 new affordable homes for local people. Indeed, recent housing statistics reveal Derbyshire Dales District Council built more homes than the major urban areas of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, and the fourth highest number of homes in the whole East Midlands region.”