First new Derbyshire Dales Council House unveiled

Twenty years since Derbyshire Dales District Council last controlled Council Housing, we have unveiled our first new energy-efficient property ready to rent.

The two-bedroom home in Darley Dale's Willow Way was bought by the Council last year and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), which will manage the property, has carried out an extensive renovation and energy efficiency scheme there, including the installation of solar panels and top quality double glazing throughout.

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been improved, helping to keep bills low for the tenants and reduce emissions.

Back in 2002 the District Council transferred all its former Council Housing stock to Dales Housing Association – but is now continuing to work with housing associations such as NCHA to enable more affordable housing in the district while delivering its own Council homes.

Isabel Cogings, Project Manager, Housing Development for NCHA said:
“We’re delighted to handover the first of 50 plus homes to build the District Council's new affordable homes portfolio. This home has been updated and fitted with the latest in technology to bring the efficiency of the home to EPC B.
"Our retrofitting work will have an impact on the energy costs and environmental impact of the home. We look forward to the continuation of our successful partnership with the Council to deliver more affordable homes for people living in the Derbyshire Dales.”

Deputy Leader Councillor Sue Hobson, who visited the Willow Way property last week, said:
"This is a terrific start. This particular property is going to become a superb low-cost home for a local family. I was particularly impressed with the new energy specifications and upgrades that have been carried out with great thought and care."
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In July 2020 councillors voted unanimously to re-start Council Housing, and initially the authority has identified developing and owning 52 Council homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

The Council's Director of Housing Rob Cogings said:
"Delivering our own housing means the Council can specify and deliver exactly what is required to meet local need and to a standard that fully supports households to reduce bills.

"This exciting initiative has been designed to yield an ongoing rental stream and provide good quality social housing while minimising risk to the Council."
Throughout its new properties the Council is including £10,000 per home for energy saving measures such as inclusion of photovoltaics, fabric enhancements, reducing water usage to the properties, with the aim of exceeding building regulation minimum requirements for energy efficiency and carbon savings.

Purchase of the properties is being funded initially from Section 106 income from legal agreements struck with developers of private housing developments.

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Twenty years since Derbyshire Dales District Council last controlled Council Housing, we have unveiled our first new energy-efficient property ready to rent.

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