Draft Local Plan set for more public consultation

Councillors will be asked at a special meeting next week to approve the contents of the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan ahead of a six-week public consultation.

It's 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 33 residential sites provisionally allocated – 19 in the central area and 14 in the southern area.

Members of your District Council will consider the content of the draft next Wednesday before formally approving a six-week consultation from 7 April including an online survey, exhibitions and public meetings in Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Matlock and a workshop for parish councils.

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.

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 An earlier version was withdrawn at the end of 2014 after a Government Inspector ruled that the 4,400 new homes target was 2,000 short of what was needed.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.

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

In the central area there are six sites in Darley Dale, five in Matlock, two in Wirksworth, 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.

A full report can be viewed online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/committee

  • Public participation at next week's meeting will be limited to one hour and any representations made should relate to the report on the agenda. Applications must be received by 12 noon on Tuesday 15 March. Contact us on 01629 761133 or email committee@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

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