Affordable housing approved

Dunsop Bridge perspective

The Duchy of Lancaster’s plans to bring twelve high quality ‘lifetime’ homes to Dunsop Bridge has been approved by the local planning authority. Work is now expected to begin on site in the middle of next month, with a scheduled completion of the first phase by the end of October 2011.

Located on two of the original ‘opportunity sites’ identified as part of a community consultation exercise in 2008, the new homes will be sympathetically designed and built in traditional materials to form an integral part of the village. The 3-bedroom family homes will be built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the national Lifetime Homes Standard, with sufficient accommodation for up to five people. In addition, each will have its own private garden, with hedgerows along the front and rear boundaries.

Once completed, the new homes will be managed by Registered Social Landlord, Ribble Valley Homes, in partnership with the newly launched Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust, an entity which is specifically designed to help local people wishing to stay and build their future in rural communities such as Dunsop Bridge.

Commenting on the approval, Duchy CEO Paul Clarke CVO said: “This is excellent news and a clear demonstration of the local authority’s commitment to supporting rural communities. Dunsop Bridge is a picturesque village in the geographic heart of the country – but it has suffered from a lack of suitable housing for local people, many of whom have been forced to move away. We hope to help local people of all ages who wish to stay in the village by providing high quality, affordable homes which will cater for their needs throughout their lifetime. We will work closely with Ribble Valley Homes to try to prioritise local applications and provide the community with a strong sense of ownership.”

The new homes, which will be delivered in two phases, will be built to the standard and traditional architectural styling required by The Duchy of Lancaster’s own residential design code.

“We have been delighted with the level of support and encouragement we have received so far from the Parish Council and local residents,” added Paul. “We now look forward to building on these relationships and delivering a scheme which will enhance the village for many generations.”

Any prospective tenant wishing to register their interest in the proposed homes, should contact: The Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust, 1 Lancaster Place, Strand, London WC2E 7ED.