Affordable housing development in Staveley given the green light

Affordable housing development in Staveley given the green light

Castles and Coasts Housing Association’s (CCHA’s) development for affordable housing at Crookfield in Staveley was approved at planning committee earlier this week.

Subject to entering into a section 106 agreement, the development of 20 much needed, low-cost, affordable homes will be brought forward in partnership with Kendal based housebuilder Russell Armer, now part of the established Cumbrian housebuilder Genesis Homes.  

It will provide a mixed tenure scheme, with four 2 bed bungalows, and sixteen 2 and 3 bed houses available for Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy tenures. To help subsidise the scheme, five open market houses for local occupancy will also be delivered. 

The new homes will be highly insulated and solar PV panels will be installed on the affordable rented units, ensuring those in the greatest housing need will benefit from lower running costs for their home, along with a greener form of energy production.  

CCHA recognise the challenges in Staveley concerning the mains drainage infrastructure, issues with surcharging during heavy rainfall and wider pollution issues in the river Kent. The housing provider has spent the last two years engaging with stakeholders and utilities providers to design the best possible scheme for the village, which adds no additional flows to the main sewer network and ensures we only discharge surface water to a nearby watercourse at the same average discharge rate of the site in its current form.  

The drainage design, approved by the Lead Local Flood Authority, now ensures those in housing need are not disadvantaged by failing to bring this allocated site forward for development.  

David Brown, Head of Development at CCHA said: 

“Castles and Coasts remain committed to delivering affordable housing schemes for local people in need within the Lake District National Park. Following the success of our award-winning scheme in Coniston completed in early 2022, we are delighted that this scheme in Staveley has been approved by Members.   

“Developing new homes in the Lake District is always complex and challenging. With Phase 3 of Crookfield, site-specific constraints have included developing a considered drainage strategy alongside local stakeholders that adds no additional flows to the existing mains sewers in the village.” 

Phases 1 and 2 of Crookfield demonstrated a clear residual unmet demand for affordable housing. For example, on Phase 2 of the development we received more than 20 applications for each property. We hope to meet some of this need through Phase 3, a start on site date is yet to be confirmed.