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Affordable houses for Peak District village approved

Plans to build affordable homes for young people in a Peak District village have been approved.

The National Park Authority has backed a scheme for four two-bedroom, semi-detached houses in Calver, which will be rented to long-term residents.

Officials said tight planning rules and high demand meant many local people could not get on the property ladder.

The homes, which will be managed by a housing association, are expected to be available from next spring.

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A Derbyshire Dales District Council survey identified 18 local households in need of affordable housing in Calver, where an entry-level house is estimated to cost about £135,000.

National Park Authority planning committee chair Councillor Hilda Gaddum said: "The houses are designed to fit the authority's guidelines - stone-built to blend with the cottage architecture of the village's conservation area, with high standards of insulation and energy efficiency."

Peak District Rural Housing Association manager Alison Clamp added: "We're very pleased the authority gave its approval.

"The survey proved that two-bedroom homes for young families are certainly needed in Calver, where I have been looking for suitable sites for about 15 years."

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