New homes plan for village folk

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Community stalwarts are joining forces to tackle rural housing problems in their village.

Members of Youlgrave Community Land Trust are working with local housing provider, Peak District Rural Housing Association, to create eight homes for people with a long-standing connection to Youlgrave.

David Frederickson, chair of the trust, said: “We are delighted to see the plans and are very much looking forward to seeing the homes built over the next year.”

Alison Clamp, manager of the housing association, added: “Youlgrave is a great example of how we work with a community to provide the properties so desperately needed.

“It is sad to see some of our villages becoming holiday resorts as houses are used as holiday lets and second homes.

“We see the need for a range of homes in every village to maintain a real community spirit.

“While we provide homes for local people of all ages, we are very keen to help young families stay in their villages and contribute to maintaining their village communities.

The eight new homes will comprise of two two-bedroomed bungalows, two two-bedroomed houses and four three-bedroomed houses.

Four of the homes will be for rent and four for sale on a shared ownership basis.

The scheme is currently being considered for planning permission by the Peak District National Park, with a decision expected in July. Building completion is expected by September 2014.