Plans for 12 new affordable homes to help local families in Grindleford have been unanimously approved by the Peak District National Park Authority.
The proposals, from social housing provider Dales Housing, will see 12 outdated flats for the elderly at Mount Pleasant Court demolished and replaced with four affordable two- and three-bedroom houses.
The second scheme is for six houses and two flats, all two or three bedrooms, for affordable rent on a greenfield site off Mount Pleasant Road.
The homes will be built largely of natural stone, designed to blend with local traditional architecture, with ‘green’ features such as photovoltaic roof-tiles for renewable energy, high levels of insulation and water butts for the garden. They will also have enough parking spaces to minimise on-street parking.
Chair of the planning committee John Herbert said: “We welcome these proposals which will go a long way to providing affordable homes for local families who may otherwise have to leave the area.
“We were very pleased to see that the final plans were the result of discussions with the architects and took into account representations from nearby residents. Our officers try to work with all concerned to get the best possible result within our policies and Design Guide.
“We were impressed with these designs. They overcame our objections to a previous application for 10 flats which would have had an overbearing impact on existing homes, and members were pleased to see the efforts put into renewable energy.
“These will be well-spaced, traditional-style homes to replace a 1970s development that was always out of character for the village. Although we regret the loss of a green field for the second scheme, it is an ‘infill’ site that will round off this area of the village.”
Derbyshire Dales rural housing enabler Isabel Frenzel told the committee that Dales Housing currently managed 41 homes in Grindleford, 39 of them for elderly people, so there was a real need to provide more affordable family homes.