Apartments plan welcomed

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Council leaders have welcomed a project to restore an empty property in Buxton to provide eight new affordable apartments.

High Peak Borough Council is working in partnership with Peaks and Plains Housing Trust to renovate 26 St John’s Road and create eight affordable apartments, with the project due to finish in January.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, leader of the council, said: “It was good to visit the property and see the real progress that is being made on bringing this building, which is a prime location in the town, back into full use.

“What is particularly pleasing is that, alongside providing eight affordable apartments for local people, it’s a project that local businesses are also benefitting from with over 40 per cent of the materials used being sourced from High Peak suppliers.”

Work is currently taking place to restore the exterior of the property in line with conservation area requirements and convert the interior into apartments which will be allocated through Home Options.

Cllr Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services, said: “The provision of affordable accommodation for local people is a priority for the council and this is shaping up to be a great example of how, by working in partnership, we’re delivering on this objective.

“This really is a lovely building and it’s great to see it being restored and returned to use in such a beneficial way. I look forward to welcoming the new residents early in the new year.”