Revised Local Plan moving forward

HousesFour new residential sites could be added to the revised Derbyshire Dales Local Plan – increasing the overall number of homes earmarked for the district over the next 17 years to 6,015.

At the same time two of the 31 sites provisionally allocated last month are set to be withdrawn as the preparation of the Local Plan takes another step forward.

Members of the District Council's Local Plan Advisory Committee will hear on Monday (29 February) that a total of 41 potential sites were submitted too late to be considered at meetings last month when 18 central area and 13 southern area sites were provisionally allocated to a Plan designed to guide local development in the Dales up to the year 2033.

The late submissions to the council's Call for Sites exercise have now been assessed, with four – in Brailsford, Middleton by Wirksworth, Wirksworth and Tansley – considered suitable for inclusion.

It is expected that land off Luke Lane and Mercaston Lane in Brailsford will generate 47 new homes, land north of Porter Lane and east of Main Street in Middleton by Wirksworth 24, land at Wirksworth's Middle Peak Quarry 220 and land at Tansley House Gardens 15.

At the same time, a subsequent decision by a Government Inspector to dismiss an appeal against refusal of planning permission at land off Darley Dale's Park Lane means this site is now likely to be removed from the original list of 31.

Access concerns at a second of the original sites - Thorncliffe Avenue, Northwood, which is an unadopted highway – means this too could be removed at Monday's meeting.

The addition of the four new sites and the removal of the two in Darley Dale and Thorncliffe would see a total of 33 sites provisionally allocated – 19 in the central area and 14 in the southern area – increasing the overall housing target from 5,847 new homes to 6,015.

The new list of residential sites, if approved on Monday, will go forward to a six-week public consultation starting in April. There would now be six central area sites in Darley Dale, five in Matlock, one in Northwood, two in Wirksworth, and one in Cromford, Tansley, Middleton by Wirksworth and Darley Bridge.

The 14 southern area sites would be four in Ashbourne, four in Brailsford, three in Doveridge and three in Hulland Ward.

Monday's meeting will also outline for inclusion in the revised Local Plan draft planning policies in respect of provision for Gypsies and Travellers, employment land allocations and strategic development sites.

  • A full report can be viewed online.

The District Council, which does not control planning in northern areas of the district within the Peak District National Park, aims to submit a final Local Plan for Government approval by the end of 2016.

Of the 6,015 new homes that could be provisionally allocated, 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.

This means that 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.

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.

  • Members of the public may ask questions, express views or present petitions at the meeting; if you wish to do so please let us know no later than 12 noon on Friday 26th February.  

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