Colonel Wright Close, a partnership between Derbyshire Dales District Council and Platform Housing Group, last night (Thursday 23 June) won the title at the Insider Residential Property Awards 2022. Simon Henderson at Pelham Architects was the architect.
Unveiled last year, the 30-homes project 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.
The District Council carried out two housing need surveys in Bakewell that underlined the need for this development, allocating £500,000 capital funding to help make the homes happen in the National Park. Every penny came from Right To Buy proceeds from our former council housing stock
District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
“This scheme is arguably the single most important affordable housing scheme in the District Council’s housing programme in recent times and the award is timely recognition for a project that was 13 years in the making.
"From the start we recognised an overwhelming need for these homes and credit must go to all partners, who worked extremely hard to secure high quality affordable homes for local people who have a link to Bakewell."
Platform Housing Group Elizabeth Froude said:
"It’s a fantastic achievement for the group and our partners that this scheme has been named as the winner. Building somewhere like this comes with its own challenges and this site took years of hard work to complete but seeing local families living there now makes it all worthwhile.”