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Local Plan 2015-17

The Derbyshire Dales Draft Local Plan is a very important document, as it sets out - up to 2033 - the overall vision, objectives, and policies for the future development of those parts of the Derbyshire Dales that lie outside the Peak District National Park.

After listening to what communities, local businesses and residents have said about the key issues that need to be tackled, and where new development should take place, we prepared a Local Plan which sets out how we think the area should develop in the future.

Local Plan Adoption

The Local Plan was formally adopted at a Special Meeting of Council on the 7th December 2017. 

The Local Plan, adoption statements, Sustainability Report, Inspector’s Report and main modifications can be downloaded below.  The Local Plan, adoption statements and Sustainability Appraisal report can also be viewed at the following locations:

  • Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock, DE4 3NN during office hours (excluding Bank Holidays).
  • Ashbourne, Matlock and Wirksworth Libraries during normal library opening hours (excluding Bank Holidays).
  • Ashbourne and Wirksworth Leisure Centres during opening hours (excluding Bank Holidays)


Inspector’s Report of the Local Plan Examination

The Secretary of State appointed Mark Dakeyne BA(Hons) MRTPI as the Inspector to undertake an independent Examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan. The Examination Hearings commenced at 09.30am on Tuesday 9 May 2017 and closed on Tuesday 23 May 2017. Following the hearing sessions the District Council produced modifications in line with recommendations by the Inspector. These were subject to consultation during July-August 2017.

The District Council has received the Inspector’s Report on the Examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan which can be seen here. It concludes that the plan is “sound and capable of adoption” subject to some modifications. The Inspector’s Schedule of Modifications can be seen here.

The Local Plan will be put before a special meeting of the District Council on the 7th December for formal adoption.  View the agenda here [PDF 12.5 MB]

Once the Plan has been adopted, it will replace the current Local Plan which was adopted in 2005. The new Local Plan will then be the primary document that the District Council will need to take into account in making decisions on planning applications across the plan area.