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We’re giving our backing to plans for eight new homes for local people in Youlgrave which would have brilliant green design features.


If the Peak District National Park Authority approves the plans, then six houses and two bungalows could be built at Conksbury Lane on the edge of the village. The north, east and west walls would have small windows and be highly insulated to reduce loss of heat. The southern facing walls would have large double glazed windows to harness heat from the sun. Deciduous trees would be planted in front to provide shade in the summer, but allow in daylight during the rest of the year. 


We think this is a great little scheme. We love the passive solar heating and also think the houses would fit in the national park well. They would be built of natural stone and incorporate traditional features such as stone lintels and sills, so they’d suit this Peak District limestone village.

But 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 also 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’s right between existing houses and bungalows, so it won’t significantly spoil landscape views. 


The plans are also supported by both Sustainable Youlgrave and Youlgrave Parish Council.


The Peak District National Park Authority is expected to make a decision about the application in the next couple of months.