16 December 2014
A £4.2 million new affordable housing development by Waterloo Housing Group, in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council, has been officially opened and named to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Poppy Fields Close, off Bakewell Road in Darley Dale, was opened in December by the Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, who unveiled a commemorative plaque featuring a verse from the popular wartime poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.
Residents and representatives from the partner organisations joined in the opening celebrations and enjoyed a lunch of hot jacket potatoes and cakes.
The Lord-Lieutenant said: “It was a great privilege to open Poppy Fields and I wish the present and future residents every good wish. The name will act as a long-lasting reminder of the year in which it was opened."
The 34 new energy-efficient properties are built on the site of a former garden centre. Waterloo Homes has 10 two and three bedroom homes for shared ownership here, with prices starting from £35,000. For further information, please see Poppy Fields.
Cllr Lewis Rose OBE, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, said: “Providing affordable housing for local people remains the District Council’s top priority, which is why in the past year we have poured £616,000 into schemes such as Poppy Fields – and we will continue to fight hard to attract additional funding to make these developments happen.”
The much-needed new housing was built for Waterloo by contractor Westleigh Developments and attracted investment support of £1.2 million from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency.
The main photograph shows, from left to right, The Lord-Lieutenant, Mr William Tucker; Cllr Lewis Rose, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council; and David Pickering, Group Chief Executive of Waterloo Housing Group.