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10 July 2018

Rural housing takes spotlight as NCHA completes new homes in Wirksworth

We've completed the development of 33 new homes at Ward Close in Wirksworth, a small market town in the Derbyshire Dales district.

Staying true to the ecological background of the site, with a specialist bat house, the new development comprises of 20 affordable rent homes and 13 shared ownership properties, meeting the demand for more affordable housing in this area of Derbyshire.

Allan Fisher, NCHA Development and Sales Director, tells us more about the site: “Partnership working with Westleigh Homes and Derbyshire Dales has enabled us to successfully develop this area of Wirksworth, lifting it from a state of disrepair to a fresh scheme, consistent with the surrounding environment, where local people want to live.

“With every project we take on there are challenges to overcome during the development process, but it’s great to see the finished product and celebrate with those involved.”

We held our official opening on 5th July 2018, in aid of the National Housing Federation's rural housing campaign, showcasing the new development to local council officials and representatives from Westleigh Homes, giving all the opportunity to meet the local residents.

Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, comments further: “This is an exciting partnership with NCHA and Westleigh and we have been delighted to nurture this particular project from the very start of the process, with much hard work by our housing and planning teams.

“Affordable housing remains one of our top priorities, which is why we have supported this development to the tune of £250,000 to help make it happen - and it is great to see all 33 homes on Ward Close already occupied on this first class site.

“We will continue to work hard in the current year to help deliver a further 100 affordable homes for local people, working in partnership with much valued social housing providers such as NCHA.”

The development made possible due to funding from Homes England and Derbyshire Dales District Council continues to add to our rural housing stock in the Derbyshire area, alongside nearby Kingsfield Court, contributing to our goal of building over 300 new homes each year.