Green energy boost for homes across the Dales

Green energy funding announced today (1 October) by central government will mean a near £1-million boost for non-traditional homes, some almshouses and social housing across the Derbyshire Dales.

A £760,950 grant from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will be bolstered by more than £200,000 partner contributions from Platform Housing Group and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

And it will mean an energy revamp for 49 non-traditional homes in Matlock, Tansley, Darley Dale, Hognaston and Ashbourne, five amshouses in Matlock and 50 homes owned by social housing provider Platform spread across the district.

The project safeguards 87 jobs and creates six new jobs and nine apprenticeships, reducing carbon emissions across all tenures by approximately 5,383 lifetime carbon tonnes. The contractors for the works have already be chosen and, for the non traditional homes, the Council will again be working with Westville, who successfully completed a previous round of improvements on Matlock's Hurst Farm.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
"This is excellent news and I want to congratulate our Housing Team for winning an important grant that will help to tackle fuel poverty in 104 low income households. The project also supports estate regeneration in our market towns and includes investment for an off-gas village."
Applications for BEIS funding came from across the East Midlands, and the Derbyshire Dales bid is second in value behind only Nottinghamshire.

The District Council's Head of Housing Rob Cogings said:
"Our programme will deliver 271 measures across 104 properties, which is great news.
"Thermal insulation will bring properties up to the standard of new homes built today, reducing energy costs by 40% to 50% and reducing CO2 emissions by 30 tonnes per property over 20 years."
£100,000 funding from Derbyshire Dales District Council has already transformed non-traditional homes at Matlock's Hurst Farm, where re-cladding work on 11 of the privately-owned 1950s' properties is dramatically improving the energy efficiency of the properties.

  • Hurst Farm residents Marilyn and Michael Bailey are pictured, above, outside their revamped home – part of the first phase of the Derbyshire Dales green energy project.
Green energy funding announced today (1 October) by central government will mean a near £1-million boost for non-traditional homes, some almshouses and social housing across the Derbyshire Dales.

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