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Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan

Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan

The Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan covers the area of the civil parish of Wirksworth, including Bolehill and reflects and responds to development-related needs identified in the parish. The Plan sets out a vision for the future of the Parish and planning policies which will be used to help determine planning applications in the area.

As part of the preparation of the Neighbourhood plan, the District Council received an area application from Wirksworth Town Council under section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As amended by the Localism Act 2011) which sought the designation of the whole of the Parish of Wirksworth as a Neighbourhood Area. This request was considered by the District Council's Corporate Committee on 13th December 2012, at which it was resolved to designate the whole of the Parish of Wirksworth as a Neighbourhood Area.

A draft Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan was then prepared and underwent both a local consultation and a formal publicity stage. The draft was then submitted for independent examination and a copy of the examiner's report is available below.

The conclusions of the Examiner overall were that subject to modifications the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan is able to satisfy the 'basic conditions' as set out in Paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as applied to Neighbourhood Plans by section 38A of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, and that the plan could be submitted to referendum in the Parish of Wirksworth.

Upon consideration of each of the recommendations made in the Examiner's report, and the reasons for them, the District Council resolved that the modifications were required in order for the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan to meet the "basic conditions" set out in the in Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Furthermore the District Council resolved that the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan as modified could be subject to Referendum.

The District Council at a meeting of Full Council on 25th June 2015 resolved to 'make' the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan under Section 38A(4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Development Plan for Derbyshire Dales and will be taken into account in local planning decisions.