Affordable homes in Youlgrave approved

Plans for eight affordable homes in Youlgrave have been unanimously approved by the Peak District National Park Authority - the first time a community land trust has been granted approval for a housing scheme in the national park.

The houses are to be developed by the Youlgrave Community Land Trust (CLT), in partnership with the Peak District Rural Housing Association, on vacant land in Conksbury Lane, Youlgrave.

Aimed at local people who struggle to find adequate housing, four of the houses will be available for rent and four will be for sale on a shared ownership basis.

The two bungalows and six houses will go some way to helping 16 local households in need of affordable housing as identified in a Derbyshire Dales District council survey last year.

National Park Authority planning committee chair Cllr Lesley Roberts said: “The houses are designed to fit the authority’s guidelines - stone-built to blend with the cottage architecture of the village’s Conservation Area, with high standards of insulation and energy efficiency.”

Youlgrave Community Land Trust chair David Frederickson, who is also a Derbyshire Dales District Councillor, said: “This is very welcome news for Youlgrave.

“The economic climate we live in means that rural communities have to do things for themselves.

“We are used to that and are determined to make a success of this scheme for the benefit of our community.”

Youlgrave CLT has 182 members and can own land and buildings that are important for the community and hold them in perpetuity so they are there for future generations.