Peak village to unveil development of new affordable homes

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New homes which have been built for local people are set to be unveiled in a Peak District village.

The eight properties, consisting of two and four-bedroomed houses and two-bedroomed bungalows, have been provided on Conksbury Lane in Youlgrave by an innovative local partnership of Youlgrave Community Land Trust and Peak District Rural Housing Association. Grant funding has come from the Homes and Community Agency and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

The new development is called ‘Hannah Bowman Way’ in honour of the lady who was instrumental in bring a fresh water supply to Youlgrave in the 19th century. Four of the properties are for rent and four for shared ownership, and all are in the process of being allocated to local people.

Lillian Clark, a long-standing resident of Youlgrave who has served on the parish council for many years, will officially unveil the homes tomorrow (Friday), assisted by Youlgrave’s carnival queen Poppy Prince.

David Frederickson, Chair of Youlgrave Community Land Trust, said: “It has been a long journey to this point but we are all delighted with the houses.

“Youlgrave is a special village, to keep it that way we need to ensure there is some affordable housing particularly for young people who might otherwise be forced to leave. These homes and the people who live in them will help us protect the school and other services in the village for a good time to come. We are very grateful to all our partners who have supported the scheme so wholeheartedly.”

A 2007 survey identified the need for the affordable homes among local people.