Local Plan consultation

Derbyshire Dales Pre-submission Draft Plan Consultation on Modifications (3rd July - 14th August 2017)

Following the Examination in Public in May 2017 the District Council published modifications to the Pre-submission Draft Local Plan (August 2016).  You can see more information about the modifications here. The consultation period has now closed.

Derbyshire Dales Pre-Submission Draft Plan Representations (August - September 2016)

In accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 The District Council undertook a six weeks of consultation on the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre-Submission Draft Plan, from 11th August 2016 to 22nd September 2016.

A detailed summary of the representations received are available to download using the link below.

Detailed Summary of Representations

The original forms and letters submitted during the consultation period are available to view at the Town Hall, Matlock. To make an appointment to view this information please contact the Planning Policy Team here.

Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre-Submission Draft Plan Consultation (August - September 2016)

The District Council undertook a six weeks of consultation on the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre-Submission Draft Plan, starting on 11th August 2016 in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The consultation period ended on 22nd September 2016 and any modifications to the Plan to come out of the consultation representations will be considered by a meeting of the full council on Thursday 8 December.

During the final consultation phase, an exhibition took place at the following venues:

Date Location
11th - 18th August Ashbourne Leisure Centre
18th - 24th August Imperial Rooms, Matlock
25th August - 1st September Wirksworth Leisure Centre
2nd - 22nd September Matlock Town Hall

These were staffed by planning officers from Derbyshire Dales District Council on the following dates and times:

Date Location
16th August 1pm-6pm Ashbourne Leisure Centre
22nd August 1pm-6pm Imperial Rooms, Matlock
1st September 1pm-6pm Wirksworth Leisure Centre

Public Meetings took place at:

Date Location
16th August 7pm-9pm Elim Church, Waterside Park, Ashbourne
22nd August 7pm-9pm Highfield School, Matlock

A copy of the presentation from the public meeting is available to view here:

Local Plan Pre-Submission Public Consultation Presentation [PDF 0.58 MB]

Copies of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre Submission Draft Plan were also available at Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Matlock libraries as well as Ashbourne and Wirksworth Leisure centres and the Town Hall in Matlock. Paper copies of the form were also available at these locations.

This public consultation provided an opportunity for you to make formal representations about the Soundness of the Plan and the extent to which it has been prepared in accordance with the legislative requirements. Comments therefore could be made only in relation to these aspects of the Plan. Only those commenting on the Plan at this stage will have the right to be heard at the Examination in Public in the future.

View the Plan here:

View other Documents here:

View the Evidence Base Here:

Should you have any questions please contact the Planning Policy Team here

Derbyshire Dales District Council Draft Plan Consultation

Our Local Plan Advisory Committee met on Monday 11 July and Wednesday 13 July at County Hall, Matlock, to discuss the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan. 

An additional meeting has also been organised for Wednesday 27 July at 6pm in the Council Chamber, County Hall, Matlock, which replaces the Special Council meeting originally advertised for this date and venue.

The Special Council meeting will now be held at 6pm on 8 August 2016 at County Hall to consider the findings of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan.

Public Consultation public meetings will be held at 7pm on 16 August 2016 at Elim Pentecostal Church, Ashbourne and 7pm on 22 August 2016 at Highfields School, Matlock.

Reports are available to view on our Local Plan Advisory Committee page, together with details about how to register to speak at  meetings. Please note you must notify us by telephone, in writing or by electronic mail no later than 12 noon on the working day preceding the meeting if you wish to ask questions, express views or present petitions.

Local people were invited to have their say on the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan in a six-week public consultation that ran from 7 April to 19 May 2016. This consultation is now closed and the findings are being reported to the Local Plan Advisory Committee on 22 June, 11 July, 13 July and 27 July 2016. 

The next stage will be for councillors to agree a Submission Plan that will then go out to a six week period of further public consultation from 11 August to 22 September before being submitted to Government by the end of the year.

The consultation on the draft Local Plan was the most significant step to date in the preparation of a Plan designed to guide local development in the Dales up to the year 2033.

A total of 6,015 homes are earmarked for the district in the draft document, with 32 residential sites provisionally allocated – 19 in the central area and 14 in the southern area.

Members of Derbyshire Dales District Council approved the content of the draft at a Special meeting of our full council on 16 March 2016.

The April/May 2016 consultation included an online survey, exhibitions and public meetings in Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Matlock and a workshop for parish councils (see below).

 Date  Event  Venue
7-14 April Exhibition  Wirksworth Leisure Centre
11 April Public Meeting  Wirksworth Leisure Centre 7-9pm
13 April Parish Council workshop  Matlock Town Hall 7-9pm
14-21 April Exhibition  Ashbourne Leisure Centre
19 April Public Meeting  Elim Church, Waterside Park, Ashbourne 7-9pm
21-28 April Exhibition  Imperial Rooms, Matlock
25 April Public Meeting  Matlock Highfields School Sports Hall 7-9pm

The Local Plan has to be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal (SA), the purpose of which is to assess how well the emerging policies or proposals in the Local Plan will achieve environmental, social and economic objectives. An SA Report has been prepared to accompany the consultation on the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan:

A Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) is required under European Law to ensure planned development does not negatively affect areas that contain protected species and habitats of European importance. An HRA has been prepared to accompany the consultation on the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan: 

What's in the draft Local Plan?

We have already listened 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.

In January and February 2016 draft Local Plan policies and a new housing target figure were agreed, and provisional sites were allocated.

In the central area there are five sites in Darley Dale, three in Matlock, two in Wirksworth, two in South Darley, two in Tansley and one in Cromford, Middleton by Wirksworth, Northwood and Darley Bridge.

Southern area sites are four in Ashbourne, four in Brailsford, three in Doveridge and three in Hulland Ward.

Of the 6,015 new homes that could be allocated in the Local Plan, around 2,000 have already been built or have the benefit of planning permission. It is anticipated a further 400 new homes will be built by 2033 in parts of the Derbyshire Dales that lie inside the Peak District National Park, where the District Council does not control development.

So the designated development sites, once approved, will need to accommodate the majority of around 3,600 new homes over the next 17 years to keep up with a predicted population growth of 8.4% and economic growth that could see around 1,700 new jobs delivered across the district.

What happens next?

Councillors will meet again in June to consider public feedback before agreeing a Submission Plan, which will go out for further public consultation before being submitted to Government before the end of the year.

The draft Local Plan is a very important document as it sets out 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 up to 2033.

Why do we need a Local Plan?

As well as controlling and guiding development in the Derbyshire Dales, the Plan will protect the special environmental qualities of the district. An earlier version was withdrawn at the end of 2014 after a Government Inspector ruled that the 4,400 new homes target was 2,000 short of what was needed.

Since then officers have updated the Local Plan evidence base, appealing for new sites to be brought forward, and the District Council consulted local people on Key Issues at the end of last year.


On 13th May 2014, the District Council submitted the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan Pre Submission Draft to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination. The Secretary of State, in accordance with Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended), appointed Inspector Keith Holland BA (HONS) DIPTP MRTPI ARICS to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan was sound.

The Examination in Public (EIP) of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan opened on 22nd July 2014 for a period of two days. During the two days of the EIP, the Inspector considered the District Council's position in respect of the Duty to Co-operate and the Objectively Assessed Need for housing.

The EIP was adjourned at the close of business on 23rd July 2014 pending the preparation of a report by the Inspector in which he would set out his initial findings on the matters discussed. The Inspector's report was received on 29th July 2014.

A Special Council meeting was held on 2nd October 2014 to consider the Inspectors Report together with a series of options available to the District Council in light of his recommendations.

Following consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of each option Council resolved to withdraw the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan from the Examination in Public with immediate effect.

Updated Evidence Base

Although the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan was withdrawn in October 2014, this was on the basis that work would continue on the preparation of a revised Local Plan. Since the withdrawal of the Local Plan, work has been on-going to refresh the evidence base in order to ensure that the policies and proposals that are brought forward are up to date and that the Local Plan will be found sound at a future Examination in Public.

The refresh of the evidence base has involved the following work:

  • Assessment of Housing and Economic Development Needs
  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update
  • Strategic Landscape Sensitivity Assessment
  • Settlement Hierarchy
  • Review of Infrastructure Needs and Plan Viability (including Community Infrastructure Levy)
  • Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment

Consultation on Key Issues

Your Local Plan front coverThe Key Issues consultation has now closed. It was promoted comprehensively via traditional and digital media and a publication called 'Your Local Plan' distributed to every home in the district. A total of 405 responses were received to the consultation from individuals, Parish Councils, Agents and Developers. However, not every question was answered by each respondent. The detailed individual responses are available for viewing in full online.

The updated evidence base identified a number of key issues which the District Council consulted on as part of the ongoing preparation of the new Derbyshire Dales Local Plan.

How Many New Houses Do We Need

The evidence suggests that we should be making provision within the Derbyshire Dales for land for between 5,300 & 7,200 new homes to meet needs generated by population changes, in-migration, economic growth & affordable housing needs.

KEY ISSUE – What level of new housing should the District Council accommodate over the plan period 2013-2033

How to Meet our Affordable Housing Needs

Average house prices in Derbyshire Dales are higher than the surrounding areas and incomes are not sufficient to allow local people to buy houses on the open market. The evidence indicates that we need to provide about 100 affordable homes each year to meet our needs, but to we may have to reduce the overall requirement down to 30% on new sites to allow more infrastructure to be provided.

KEY ISSUE – Should the plan reduce the affordable housing requirement to 30% of all new homes in order to enable more infrastructure provision?

How Much Land is Needed

Since 2013 around 2,000 house have already been built or have the benefit of planning permission. About 400 new homes will be built in the Peak District National Park leaving land for between 2,900 and 4,800 to be found. The District Council is still interested to know if there are any sites which would be suitable for development.
KEY ISSUE – Are there any other sites that may be suitable for new residential development ?

Where should the new housing be located?

New development should generally be located where people can easily access facilities and services without significant adverse impacts. An assessment has identified 26 villages best suited to accommodating new development across the plan area.

KEY ISSUE – Is the list of 26 towns and villages the most appropriate locations for new development?

How much Employment Land is Required?

Taking account of forecast changes in the economy of Derbyshire Dales, and in order to meet the future needs of businesses it is estimated that about 15 hectares of employment land is needed for the period up to 2033.

KEY ISSUE – Is 15 hectares of new employment land an suitable target for inclusion in the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan up to 2033?

How to Meet the Needs of Gypsies and Travellers

The District Council has to ensure that it provides for the future needs of the Gypsy and Travellers community. A Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment has been undertaken which has indicated that 6 pitches are needed to be provided in the next five years and a further 3 over the 15 years after that.

KEY ISSUE – Are there any sites where the needs of the Gypsy and Traveller Community can be met, and should the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan identify a single site with all the pitches in one place, a number of sites or should provision be distributed more evenly across the Plan area?

How to Sustain our Smaller Villages

Some of the Districts smaller villages may not have any sites allocated for new housing development in the Local Plan to meet the overall housing need, yet these villages still need to continue to vibrant places. In these locations the District Council considers that some small scale infill and consolidation will help to achieve this objective.

KEY ISSUE – Will small-scale infill and consolidation be appropriate in the smaller villages and are there any other ways that the District Council could utilise to maintain their sustainability?

More comprehensive information about each of these issues can be found in the documents links below or by on the Local Plan Evidence Base

Public Meetings

The initial round of consultation in November/December 2015 also included a series of public meetings held to further explain key issues and enable residents and stakeholders to ask additional questions.  These took place on:

  • Tuesday 10th November 2015 - Elim Church, Ashbourne
  • Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Wirksworth Leisure Centre
  • Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Matlock Town Hall

Document Links

Copies of the documents will be available at the following locations from Thursday 7 April:

  • Matlock Town Hall
  • Ashbourne Leisure Centre
  • Wirksworth Leisure Centre
  • Matlock Library
  • Wirksworth Library
  • Ashbourne Library