District council build for the future

A FURTHER housing project has been approved as Derbyshire Dales District Council continues to provide new affordable homes for local people.

Twelve new affordable homes will help local families in Grindleford, following the 33 affordable homes to be built on Darley Dales’ Cobb Slater.

Enabling affordable housing continues to be the main priority identified by council tax payers in the Derbyshire Dales - that’s why this year the District Council is aiming to have built 73 affordable new homes across the Dales.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “We listened to what residents said they needed, so since 2002 the District Council has delivered more than 800 new affordable homes for local people and a couple of years ago we accounted for over a third of the new homes built across the whole of Derbyshire.

“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 – and that’s a significant achievement.”

The Grindleford new homes project will help 32 local people in housing need. Drawn up by the District Council in partnership with social housing provider Dales Housing, it is in two parts. The first involves four affordable two and three-bedroom houses.

The second scheme in Grindleford is for six houses and two flats - all two or three bedrooms - for affordable rent on a green field site off Mount Pleasant Road.

This land is being transferred to Dales Housing by the district council at no cost to enable the scheme to go ahead.

The Grindleford project has now been approved by the Peak District National Park Authority, whose planning committee welcomed the plans.

The homes will be built largely of natural stone, designed to blend with local traditional architecture, with ‘green’ features such as photovoltaic roof-tiles for renewable energy, high levels of insulation and water butts for the garden. They will also have enough parking spaces to minimise on-street parking.

The Darley Dale project will see 33 new homes built on the former Cobb Slater site off the A6, with 27 of the homes to be rented and six sold through a shared ownership arrangement.

Fifteen houses and bungalows and 18 flats will be built in Darley Dale, with priority given to households with a strong local connection to Darley Dale.

Local people in housing need should register with Home-Options, a choice-based lettings scheme used by Derbyshire Dales District Council to advertise homes to rent from Dales Housing and other local housing associations.

Available properties are advertised every two weeks and local people – who have to register first - can ‘bid’ for the homes they are interested in. To apply to join Home-Options, visit the Home-Options website http://www.home-options.org and use the on-line registration form.