Youlgrave houses: thumbs up
We're giving the thumbs up to revised plans for eight new homes for local people in Youlgrave. Six houses and two bungalows could be built at Conksbury Lane in the village. The plans have been modified with a slightly different site layout.
We supported this scheme back in May 2009, and still think that this is a great little scheme. The houses have some brilliant green design features, including excellent insulation and large double glazed windows to harness heat from the sun as passive solar heating.
The design will also fit the character of the national park. By using natural stone and traditional features such as stone lintels and sills, they will suit this Peak District limestone village very well.
Equally importantly, the houses will meet a vital demand for more affordable homes for people living in and around Youlgrave. According to a survey done by Derbyshire Dales District Council, there’s a need for nine new dwellings in the village, so they are crucially important for local people.
We're still satisfied that the site is the best place for the houses. Other possible sites were either unsuitable in planning terms, or else the landowners wouldn’t sell. There was a thorough search of the village. Although this is a greenfield site, it won't expand Youlgrave's boundaries because it’s right between existing houses and bungalows, and won’t significantly spoil landscape views.
The plans come from a partnership of Youlgrave Parish Council and the Peak District Rural Housing Association.
The Peak District National Park Authority will make a decision on 15 April.