The completion of eight new homes for local people was celebrated in Youlgrave on Friday 10th April.
Grant funding has come from the Homes and Community Agency and Derbyshire Dales District Council, and the homes have been provided by an innovative local partnership of Youlgrave Community Land Trust and Peak District Rural Housing Association. They have been closely supported by emh group as development agents.
The event marked the culmination of many years of work. A survey carried out in 2007 showed the need for the homes among local people who would not otherwise be able to afford homes within this vibrant Peak District village.
The search for a suitable site began - and Conksbury Lane was chosen. Planning permission was granted for a scheme but this was halted when local objectors lodged a village green application. This was turned down but about 18 months was lost. Changes on the site led to a further planning application which was granted in July 2013.
In the meantime a group of local people formed the Youlgrave Community Land Trust, which already has 200 members. The Trust was allocated special funding from the Homes and Community Agency for the scheme.
The new development is called 'Hannah Bowman Way' in honour of the lady who was instrumental in bringing a fresh water supply to Youlgrave in the 19th century.
The homes have been built by Lindum Construction, which has a good track record of building for housing associations. There are eight homes, four three-bedroomed houses, two two-bedroomed houses and two two-bedroomed bungalows. Four of these are for rent and four for shared ownership. The homes are in the process of being allocated to local people.
The ribbon was cut by Lillian Clark, a long standing resident of Youlgrave who has served on the parish council for many years, and she was assisted by Youlgrave's carnival queen Poppy Prince, and Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Councillor Carol Walker.
A Youlgrave Community Land Trust spokesperson commented:
"It has been a long journey to this point but we are all delighted with the houses. Youlgrave is a special village; to keep it that way we need to ensure there is some affordable housing particularly for young people who might otherwise be forced to leave. These homes and the people who live in them will help us protect the school and other services in the village for a good time to come. We are very grateful to all our partners who have supported the scheme so wholeheartedly."