Your District Council has joined forces with a housing association to help address the need for affordable housing in the Derbyshire Dales village of Taddington.
A housing needs survey carried out by us last year identified 12 local households in need of affordable housing to help them continue to live in the place they call home.
Last Friday Peak District Rural Housing Association (PDRHA) was successful in winning planning permission to build four affordable homes for local people. The site is a triangular parcel of land linking Taddington's Main Road and Townend.
The Peak District National Park Authority approved the terrace of three two-storey two-bedroomed houses and one two-storey three bedroomed property, despite 24 individual letters of objection.
The project is being funded through a £180,000 grant secured by PDRHA from the Government's Homes & Communities Agency and £80,000 capital finance from the District Council. emh group will partner with PDRHA to build the project and the properties will be constructed of limestone under blue slate roofs, with timber windows and doors.
Friday's meeting heard from the District Council's Head of Housing Rob Cogings that enabling the provision of affordable homes had been a corporate priority for the District Council since 2002, with more than 1,200 new affordable homes provided as a result.
"There will always be people against the development of new homes whether market or affordable," he said, "and we have tried to answer the points raised by those against the scheme and find the right site and work with the parish council.
"Schemes like this one are vital to ensure local people can remain in their communities. The average house price-to-income ratio in the Derbyshire Dales is 9.5 - the 4th worst in the East Midlands. Dales residents need to multiply their salaries 9.5 times before being able to afford to buy the average priced house. Looking at it another way, the average income needed to buy a house in the Dales on an 80% mortgage is £61,328."
The PDRHA's Alison Clamp said:
"We provide high quality affordable homes built to the Peak Park authority's exacting design standards. We let these homes to local people to help to sustain villages. Our aim is to provide housing options for people who would otherwise be forced to buy and rent housing away from their family and work."
The District Council's Rural Housing Enabler Isabel Frenzel said extensive site appraisal work had been undertaken in Taddington involving PDRHA, Peak Park planners and the parish council.
"This is an important scheme for the community of Taddington, which will deliver much needed affordable housing for rent through a local housing association."
She went on to quote written comments from villagers who had attended a public event in October last year, including one from a resident who had lived in Taddington for 27 years, who wrote:
"My great gran and great grandad, nan and grandad and mum have lived here all their lives. I love the village and I know that I won’t be able to afford a house here. I think this is a brill idea. I would love to have one."
- The new homes will be owned and managed by PDRHA and will be allocated through the District Council’s Home-Options choice-based lettings system - register at www.Home-Options.org