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Council welcomes £2m housing boost

High Peak leaders have welcomed the £2m cash injection to boost housing at two sites in Buxton - and pledged to start work on site quickly.

The Borough Council made a successful bid for the funding from the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund to open up the sites at Hogshaw to the north of the A6 and Granby Road to the south.

The money will be used to build a new roundabout and access roads to the sites which are allocated for housing in High Peak's Local Plan adopted in April 2016.

Council Leader, Councillor Tony Ashton, said: "This is great news and we're delighted to have been awarded this significant sum. It allows us to move forward with our long-standing plans for Hogshaw and Granby Road which have been allocated for development since 2005.

"By opening up access, this new infrastructure will also enable development to take place on adjoining sites which are privately owned. We'll be working in partnership with those landowners, who have been very supportive of our bid, to ensure we're able to start work as soon as possible."

In September 2016 the Council approved an ambitious programme for accelerating housing delivery.

Councillor Julie McCabe, Executive Councillor for Housing and Communities, said: "The provision of quality housing is something that is very much on the national agenda so I'm delighted that securing this funding means that here in the High Peak we can now get on with providing 675 new homes.

"The lack of access has been the main barrier to getting housing on these sites so I look forward to seeing contractors on site in the near future."