First affordable housing in Peak National Park for 10 years completed

Bakewell’s local war hero Colonel Leslie Wright has been honoured at a housing development named after the great man.

By Andrew Wakefield
Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 11:22 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 11:49 am
L-R Elizabeth Froude (Group Chief Executive, Platform Housing Group), Kevin Damarell (MD Lindum Group) with pupils from Lady Manners School at the new site.

Diginitaries gathered at the site on Shutts Lane to hear local pupils from Lady Manners School tell the story of the Colonel before a stone marking the opening was unveiled.

They were joined by members of Derbyshire Dales District Council and staff from Lindum Construction as well as other involved parties for the event.

Colonel Wright Close is made up of 30 homes built for Platform Housing Group in a project that took almost a decade to come to fruition. Meticulous planning ensured the homes were built to maintain the

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look of the area, using stone from the local Dale View quarry at Stanton Moor.

The land was originally bought from Lady Manners school, who used the funds to build their 3G sports

pitch which is now enjoyed by the school and wider community.

Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive of Platform Housing group, said, ““We are very proud to deliver

the first affordable housing in the beautiful Peak National Park for 10 years, especially as it is an area of

the country where house prices and affordability are particularly volatile.

This scheme not only brings new affordable homes for local people, it has benefitted the local

community and local economy. We feel this development is a real achievement for all concerned.”

Also in attendance was Leader of DDDC, Councillor Garry Purdy, “This project has been 13 years in the

making and in pushing for the scheme from the start we recognised an overwhelming need for these

homes. All partners have worked extremely hard to secure high quality affordable homes for local

people who have a link to Bakewell.

“The District Council carried out two housing need surveys in Bakewell that underlined the need for this

development. We allocated £500,000 capital funding to help make these homes happen in the National

Park and I would suggest that this scheme is arguably the single most important affordable housing

scheme in the District Council’s housing programme in recent times.

"We had never before allocated £500,000 to an affordable housing scheme and every penny came from

Right To Buy proceeds from our former council housing stock, demonstrating how Right To Buy receipts

are being used to replace homes lost across the Derbyshire Dales in the National Park."