‘Sensitively designed’ affordable homes opened in Lake District National Park

A housing association in the North West of England is celebrating the official opening of a ‘sensitively designed’ £900,000 affordable housing development in a beautiful part of the Lake District National Park.

Jon Rouse, Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation, officially opened the scheme at Caldrigg Fold, Staveley.

The 10 homes, all two or three bedrooms for rent, have been developed by Two Castles Housing Association, working in partnership with South Lakeland District Council.

The Housing Corporation provided £586,000 of the £903,000 total cost of the development, with Two Castles Housing Association raising the balance and carrying out the work.

As the Caldrigg Fold development is in the National Park and next to the Dales Way, the homes were designed sensitively to blend in with local housing.

Features such as false chimneys, render colour, slate roofs, dry stone walls, landscaping and external lighting were important design considerations.

A second phase has planning approval subject to agreement of a Section 106 Agreement and various design details.

Stephanie Murphy, Operations Director at Two Castles, said: “Caldrigg Fold is an exceptional site within the Lake District National Park and therefore subject to a Section 106 Agreement which restricts occupancy to local people.

In villages like Staveley, where the demand for all types of accommodation is high, the provision of affordable housing is especially problematic. In areas like this, there is a need to maintain sustainable, balanced communities ensuring that people with low incomes are able to access local housing at a reasonable cost.

The scheme is already fully occupied and could have been let 10 times over. Since a lot of  local residents are on low incomes, they would otherwise be priced out of the market if schemes like this were not developed.

The provision of such housing is a key priority in the North West Regional Housing Strategy and we are very pleased to have received funding from the Housing Corporation to enable us to develop this scheme.”

A spokesman for South Lakeland District Council said: “There was a need to provide rented housing for local people in Staveley, so we are delighted to have delivered what we consider to be an excellent housing scheme. “