Couple feel at home thanks to park rules

Hannah Connolly and Toby Richardson, centre, are pictured with Rishi Sunak MP and, from left, David Collinson, Cllr Yvonne Peacock, Graeme Newton and Brian Carlisle of estate agents J R Hopper.
Hannah Connolly and Toby Richardson, centre, are pictured with Rishi Sunak MP and, from left, David Collinson, Cllr Yvonne Peacock, Graeme Newton and Brian Carlisle of estate agents J R Hopper.

A young couple have moved into their dream home in the Yorkshire Dales with the good wishes of their MP.

Hannah Connolly and Toby Richardson picked up the keys to their home in Bainbridge which is one of eight local occupancy houses.

Under national park planning rules the new homes have to be occupied by people who live or work in the park or who have a family connection with the area.

The couple were welcomed to their stone-built terraced home by Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond.

The homes, a mix of two and three bedroomed properties built behind the village’s Rose and Crown pub, were constructed by Hornblower Developments – a joint operation formed by David Collinson, landlord of the pub and Randall Orchard Construction, Richmond.

Mr Sunak said: “This is a superb development, built in the right style for the Yorkshire Dales and finished to a high standard.

“It’s great to be able to see young people like Hannah and Toby get their foot on the housing ladder in their home area.”

Toby, 24, works on a nearby farm and Hannah, 21, is the housekeeping manager at the Yorebridge House Hotel.

Hannah said: “We are thrilled to have our own place in our home dale. We are really looking forward to settling down and creating our first proper home together.”

Bainbridge resident and business owner Cllr Yvonne Peacock, who is also leader of Richmondshire District Council, said there had been universal support in the village for the development.

She said: “This shows what can be done in the National Park to secure homes for local people. It is a beautiful development which fits in with its surroundings perfectly.”