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Draft Local Plan consultation closes

The six-week consultation on the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan has now closed.

The findings of the consultation, which ran from 7 April to 19 May and included exhibitions, public meetings and an online survey, will be reported to meetings of our Local Plan Advisory Committee on 16 June and 11 July.

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

After listening 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, we prepared a draft Local Plan [PDF 2MB] which sets out how we think the area should develop in the future.

In taking the plan forward the District Council will review all the representations and comments made during the consultation on the draft Plan. Following consideration of the representations and comments we will then produce a Pre Submission Draft of the Local Plan which will be subject to another period of public consultation from 11 August to 22 September 2016.

After that we will submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for his scrutiny. An independent Planning Inspector will be appointed to undertake an Examination in Public to determine whether the Plan is considered to be ‘sound’. At this time it is anticipated that the Plan will be subject to an Examination in Public in late 2016, and adopted in Spring 2017. Once the Plan has been adopted, it will replace the current Local Plan which was adopted in 2005.

The new Local Plan will then be primary document that the District Council will need to take into account in making decisions on planning applications across the plan area.

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