A ROW between one of Britain’s wealthiest aristocrats and the villagers who live in the village near his estate has erupted over the future of three cottages.
The Duke of Devonshire has provoked anger among the 200 residents in the hamlet of Beeley, which stands in the shadows of Chatsworth House, by forging ahead with plans to transform the stone-built Grade II listed Dove Cottages into hotel rooms.
The tithe homes, which are tied to employment, stand opposite the Devonshire Arms hotel and have provided homes to generations of estate workers since the mid-1800s, but the Duke wants to turn them into luxury accommodation for tourists.
Villagers of Beeley say renovation would be a massive blow to young people born and raised there.
They are being forced to move away because there are no affordable homes left.
Planners at the Peak District National Park Authority will be asked to rule on the application on Friday, and although approval is recommended, the proposal is far from a done deal, say opponents. Oh yes it is – mustn’t upset Dukey!Follow @csabian
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