Housing needs survey for Peak parishes

Local people with a connection to the parishes of Taddington, Chelmorton, Flagg, Blackwell in the Peak, Brushfield and Sheldon are being urged to take part in an online survey to have their say on housing issues.

TaddingtonDerbyshire Dales District Council particularly wants to hear from young people interested in setting up a home for the first time, families needing a bigger home, people struggling in high cost rented homes and older people who may have a need to downsize.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"For many people buying a home in the Peak District can be a real challenge - and local shops and services, which help to keep our communities sustainable and vibrant, are put under pressure as the population changes.

"Our key corporate priorities include enabling new homes for local people and supporting the local economy - that's why we are working in partnership with local parish councils and parish meetings to deliver these targets."

A postcard inviting residents to take part in the survey will be dropping through every letterbox in the parishes soon.

The spokesperson added:

"We have a strong track record of enabling small developments of sensitively planned homes within the Peak Park Authority. Recent examples at Youlgrave, Stoney Middleton, Elton, Calver, Bakewell and Tideswell are all occupied by people with a strong local connection to those villages and towns.

"We are concerned that there have been limited opportunities to build affordable homes for local people in Taddington, Chelmorton and Flagg recently - and housing needs in smaller parishes such as Blackwell in the Peak, Brushfield and Sheldon may be met in the larger adjoining settlements.

"However, before any options are considered, we need the community to help us identify what the housing need is. That's why we're calling on residents of these parishes or former residents with a strong local connection who have moved away to tell us about their housing issues."

The survey can be completed online, or call the District Council's Rural Housing Enabler Isabel Frenzel on 01629 761256 before the deadline of Monday 29 February.

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