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Housing need survey for Bakewell

Local people with a connection to Bakewell are being encouraged to take part in an online survey about their housing needs.

Derbyshire Dales District Council wants to hear from people who are living in accommodation that is unsuitable for them. For example this could be young people interested in setting up a home for the first time, families needing a bigger home, people struggling in high cost rented homes and older people who may have a need to 'downsize'. More »

A District Council spokesperson said: "For many people, finding a home that is affordable in the Peak District can be a real challenge - and local shops and services, which help to keep our communities sustainable and vibrant, are put under pressure as the population changes.

"Our key corporate priorities include enabling new homes for local people and supporting the local economy - that's why we are working in partnership with local parish councils and other community groups to deliver more housing."

A postcard inserted within the Peak Advertiser inviting residents to take part in the survey will be posted through every letterbox in Bakewell.

The spokesperson added: "We have a strong track record of building small developments of sensitively planned affordable homes within the Peak District National Park. You can see recent examples in many parts of the national park, including Youlgrave, Elton and Winster. These are all occupied by people with a strong local connection to those villages and towns.

"We believe that there is a growing need to build affordable homes for local people in Bakewell.

"However, before any options are considered, we need the community to help us identify what the housing need is. That's why we're calling on residents - or former residents with a strong local connection who have moved away and wish to return - to tell us about their housing issues."

The survey can be completed online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/BakewellHNS.

Alternatively, you can attend our drop-in session at The Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, DE45 1AH on Friday 3rd March between 10am-2pm if you require assistance filling in the survey.

For any queries please contact the District Council's Rural Housing Enabler, Jeremy Mason, on 01629 761256, Jeremy.Mason@derbyshiredales.gov.uk before the deadline of 12th March. A paper copy of the survey can also be requested. » Less

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2023 09:30 by John Rowe

Derbyshire Dales District Council Consultation on potential second homes Council Tax premium

Derbyshire Dales residents are being asked for their views on charging the owners of second homes twice the amount of Council Tax as regular home owners.

A second home is defined as a dwelling that is not a person's sole or main home and is substantially furnished. Second homes are sometimes referred to as holiday homes.

The Government is introducing a new power for local authorities to increase Council Tax on second homes by 100% (double the amount owners currently pay). Local authorities are able to charge the higher premium from 1st April 2024. Councils can decide the level which is appropriate for their individual local circumstances and can set the premium at any level up to the maximum. More »

A District Council spokesperson said "1 in 20 homes in the Derbyshire Dales are not used for the purpose of permanent accommodation, and instead are used as second homes, holiday lets or are empty. It is thought that second homes can add to house price inflation and put local people at a disadvantage when existing homes come on the market. The Council Tax Premium for second homeowners may encourage them to sell their properties or may well put off future buyers wanting to purchase existing traditional homes as second homes."

The District Council is consulting residents and stakeholders on the proposal to introduce the Council Tax Premium on second homes and would like to understand the views of second home owners and the impact they feel second homes have on the community. They would also like to understand the views of local people affected by second homes and the views of the wider housing sector.

If the Council Tax Premium was to come into effect, the Council would receive additional Council Tax income and they would like to understand residents' views on what they feel this money should be spent on.

The consultation runs until 10th March and can be completed at: www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/secondhomessurvey » Less

Posted: Fri, 10 Feb 2023 15:42 by John Rowe

Bakewell Town Council’s Certificate of Merit Award

Nominate Bakewell's Community Heroes - Bakewell Town Council's Certificate of Merit Award 2023

Readers are invited to submit nominations for Bakewell's community heroes – those people who have, during the last twelve months, gone the extra mile over and above the requirements of their day job to make good things happen.

Mayor Cllr Paul Miller said "This is your opportunity to thank the people who make such a positive contribution to our community. We will show our appreciation of them with the presentation of a Certificate of Merit at the Annual Town Meeting at Town Hall on Wednesday 22nd March 2023" More »

Nominations should be forwarded to John Rowe, the Town Clerk, at townclerk@bakewelltowncouncil.gov.uk . Please include your name and contact details and brief details as to why your chosen nominee should receive an award. Nominations can also be made by telephone on 07717 137 526 or by post to The Clerk's Office, Town Hall, Bakewell DE45 1BT. The closing date for nominations is 5pm Friday 24th February 2023." » Less

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2023 14:15 by John Rowe