The Duke of Devonshire has promised upset villagers he will not “Disneyfy” their Derbyshire village after getting the green light to turn three cottages into hotel rooms as predicted in this blog last week.
The small stone-built Dove Cottages in the centre of Beeley, on the Chatsworth estate, will now be turned into six letting bedrooms after an application was approved by planners at the Peak District National Park Authority.
But people in the picturesque village have become embroiled in a row with the Duke, claiming the conversion may change or even kill the community.
Speaking at Chatsworth, the Duke of Devonshire said it was “perfectly fair” that people who were upset about the plans had voiced their concerns but defended his record on affordable houses in and around the estate.
The cottages are owned by Chatsworth and their position opposite the village’s popular Devonshire Arms hotel makes them well-placed for visitors. And let’s face it he needs the extra income to pay for the facelift on the ‘Big House’.Follow @csabian
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