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Darley Dale land seen as top priority development site

File photo dated 22/01/08 of homes in south Derbyshire as the share of UK towns and cities that are affordable to first-time buyers is at its highest in a decade due to the sluggish housing market, a study has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday July 14, 2012. Those taking their first step on the property ladder will find homes within their means in 54% of local authority districts, the highest proportion since 2002 when 64% of districts were within buyers' reach, Halifax found. This is up from 40% a year ago and almost eight times the proportion of affordable districts at the peak of the housing market in 2007, when just 7% were in this bracket. A widening North-South divide was highlighted, with London being the only region where there were no affordable areas found for would-be buyers on average earnings. By contrast, 100% of districts in the North East were within buyers' grasp. Just 9% of the affordable districts are in the South East, the South West or the East of England, compared with

File photo dated 22/01/08 of homes in south Derbyshire as the share of UK towns and cities that are affordable to first-time buyers is at its highest in a decade due to the sluggish housing market, a study has found. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday July 14, 2012. Those taking their first step on the property ladder will find homes within their means in 54% of local authority districts, the highest proportion since 2002 when 64% of districts were within buyers' reach, Halifax found. This is up from 40% a year ago and almost eight times the proportion of affordable districts at the peak of the housing market in 2007, when just 7% were in this bracket. A widening North-South divide was highlighted, with London being the only region where there were no affordable areas found for would-be buyers on average earnings. By contrast, 100% of districts in the North East were within buyers' grasp. Just 9% of the affordable districts are in the South East, the South West or the East of England, compared with

Councillors in Darley Dale are “livid” at the prospect of more housing development in the town amid what they believe is “unreasonable and partial” behaviour from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Town councillors are furious that land at Stancliffe Hall, Darley Dale, was included as a top priority site for development at the meeting of the local plan advisory committee – despite the fact 82 houses are already planned for the town.

Cllr John Evans, of Darley Dale Town Council, has also expressed his anger that land at Asker Lane, Matlock, was quickly demoted as a top priority site after immense public opposition.

He said: “Because of all the banner waving at Asker Lane, all the Matlock councillors started getting edgy and worried about their election prospects.”

A Derbyshire Dales District Council spokesman has stressed that no recommendations have yet been made on which sites will be allocated to meet the Derbyshire Dales’ future housing needs.

The spokesman added that it therefore makes “no sense” to comment at this stage on the “provisional priorities” in any particular area of the district.

 

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