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We’re supporting an application to build two new affordable houses at Market Place in Hope. We wholeheartedly approve because there is a terrible lack of housing that local people can afford in the Peak District. According to a survey done by Derbyshire Dales District Council, there’s a need for between ten and 14 new dwellings in the village, so these two will help towards meeting a vital demand for local homes.

We are satisfied that the houses will fit the area well, and won’t have an impact on the iconic landscapes around Hope. The site is in the middle of the village just next to a recent housing development and won’t affect the countryside. In fact, the site is currently empty and rather scrubby, so a couple of houses will improve its appearance.

The Peak District National Park Authority is expected to make a decision about the application soon.