PRAISE has been given as Newhall's derelict properties are starting to disappear, after the latest plans were approved to turn a former shop into a home.
Barry Woods, of St John's Drive, has said the village is improving as plans are now appearing in a bid to revitalise derelict properties.
The latest approval means a shop, on the corner of Main Street and Higgins Road, which has stood empty for five years and been branded an eyesore by many residents, will now be turned into a three-bedroom home, after an application by AS Lehal, of Newbold Verdon, Leicestershire, was granted by South Derbyshire District Council's planning officers.
Mr Woods, who organises an annual village clean-up which enables schoolchildren to have a helping hand in tidying up their area, and is a trustee of the adjacent Old Post Centre, previously said that when people visit the Old Post Centre their eyes are drawn to the old shop and it puts them off.
South Derbyshire District Council responded by admitting the shop was a blight to the area and said it had requested that officers provide an overview of this building.
The property has been accepted by the local authority as one to be included as an addition to its housing stock and a refurbishment grant is available under a derelict property scheme.
After approval was granted, Mr Woods said Oversetts Road (nearby) is still a scruffy area, but is so much better to have the community looking at pleasant things instead of being untidy.
We have our life investment in our properties and we want to see it tidy and more respected.
The news comes just months after another home, in Oversetts Road, which had been derelict for more than 20 years, was revamped, and plans have recently been submitted to turn the former Spread Eagle pub, in the same road, into eight flats.
Plans are still going ahead to turn some land off Oversetts Road into 14 homes - which will also mean bulldozing another two derelict homes in the street.