Southern area sites provisionally allocated in revised Local Plan

Councillors have provisionally allocated 13 sites for new homes in southern areas of the district in the revised Derbyshire Dales Local Plan.

The residential sites - four in Ashbourne, three in Brailsford, three in Doveridge and three in Hulland Ward – now go forward to a six-week public consultation in April.

An additional 18 potential sites in the central area of the Dales will be considered this Wednesday as Derbyshire Dales District Council moves to the next stage of drafting a Local Plan to guide local development up to the year 2033.

HousingThe District Council does not control planning in northern areas of the district, which are in the Peak District National Park.

The 13 southern area sites were unopposed by Members at a meeting of the District Council's Local Plan Advisory Committee on Monday evening.

The central area meeting takes place in the County Hall Council Chamber at 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday 20 January), when seven Darley Dale sites will be considered, five in Matlock, two in Northwood, one in Cromford, one in Tansley, one in Darley Bridge and one in Wirksworth.

The deadline for public participation at this meeting has now passed, but, as with the southern area session, the District Council has allocated one hour for people to speak at the start of the meeting. In the interests of fairness, three minutes will be allocated to each site - and speakers have been nominated on a first come, first served basis.

The District Council aims to submit a final Local Plan for Government approval by the end of 2016 having last week set a provisional housing target of 5,847 new homes for the period 2013-33.

Of these, 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.

This means that designated development sites, once approved, will need to accommodate the majority of around 3,500 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.

  • The Local Plan will control and guide development in the Derbyshire Dales during the Plan period, while protecting the special environmental qualities of the district. An earlier version of the Plan was withdrawn at the end of 2014 after a Government Inspector ruled that the 4,400 new homes target was 2,000 short of what was needed. The District Council aims to submit a new Plan to Government in the autumn.

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