Duchy of Lancaster gets go-ahead to build homes in Dunsop Bridge

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PLANS for 12 high quality “lifetime” homes to be built in Dunsop Bridge have been given the go-ahead.

The Duchy of Lancaster’s proposals for the homes was approved by councillors at a meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Planning and Development Committee.

Work is expected to begin on site in the middle of next month, with completion of the first phase by the end of October.

Located on two of the original “opportunity sites” identified as part of a community consultation exercise in 2008, the homes will be sympathetically designed and built in traditional materials.

The three-bedroom family homes will have 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 Ribble Valley Homes, with the newly-launched Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust, to help local people wishing to stay and build their future in rural communities.

Duchy chief executive officer Paul Clarke said: “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.”

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.