Row over village cottage holiday homes

The 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, has been named as the University of Derby's next Chancellor.
The 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, has been named as the University of Derby's next Chancellor.

The Duke of Devonshire has become embroiled in a dispute with villagers on his estate, after turning three picturesque cottages in to hotel rooms.

Dove Cottages, in Beeley, owned by the Chatsworth estate, are to be converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

But residents have objected to the plans and claim the change is threatening to “kill the community”.

They say their picturesque hamlet is being overwhelmed with tourism and claim rising prices mean young people can no longer buy their own homes.

Until now, the Grade Two Listed Dove Cottages have been home to generations of estate workers, from the mid-1800s to the modern day.

Peak District National Park Authority gave the go-ahead to transform them into high-value holiday lets alongside the local pub.

For the full story see next week’s Derbyshire Times.