Dignitaries gathered for the unveiling of a stone marking the opening at the site on Shutts Lane to hear students from Lady Manners School tell the story of the Colonel (pictured, right), the last soldier to be rescued from the beaches of Calais in 1940.
They were joined by project partners including representatives from Derbyshire Dales District Council and staff from Lindum Construction.
Colonel Wright Close is made up of 30 homes built for Platform Housing Group in a project that took almost a decade to come to fruition. Meticulous planning ensured the homes were built to maintain the look of the area, using stone from the local Dale View Quarry at Stanton Moor.
The land was originally bought from Lady Manners school, who used the funds to build their 3G sports pitch, which is now enjoyed by the school and wider community.
Attending the opening ceremony, Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
“This project has been 13 years in the making and in pushing for the scheme from the start we recognised an overwhelming need for these homes. All partners have worked extremely hard to secure high quality affordable homes for local people who have a link to Bakewell.
“The District Council carried out two housing need surveys in Bakewell that underlined the need for this development. We allocated £500,000 capital funding to help make these homes happen in the National Park and I would suggest that this scheme is arguably the single most important affordable housing scheme in the District Council’s housing programme in recent times.
"We had never before allocated £500,000 to an affordable housing scheme and every penny came from Right To Buy proceeds from our former council housing stock, demonstrating how Right To Buy receipts are being used to replace homes lost across the Derbyshire Dales in the National Park."
Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive of Platform Housing group, said:
“We are very proud to deliver these affordable homes following 10 years of hard work, especially as it is an area of the country where house prices and affordability are particularly volatile.
"This scheme not only brings new affordable homes for local people, it has benefitted the local community and local economy. We feel this development is a real achievement for all concerned.”
- Platform Housing Group own 46,000 homes across the Midlands, making them the region’s largest social landlord. They were recently shortlisted for HomeBuilder of the Year at the UK Housing Awards for their work with local communities. The group also recently successfully issued their first Sustainability Bond for £250m to use towards carbon neutral targets.