Draft Local Plan feedback to be considered

The views of local people who took part in a six-week public consultation on the Derbyshire Dales Draft Local Plan will be presented to councillors on Wednesday 22 June.

The District Council’s Local Plan Advisory Committee will examine the feedback, which includes 2,600 comments from around 800 individuals.

The meeting – the first of three being held to work through all the comments – takes place at 6pm in the Council Chamber at Derbyshire County Council’s County Hall in Matlock to ensure members of the public can be fully accommodated.

Any member of the public wishing to speak at the meeting must notify the council no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 21 June by calling 01629 761133 or emailing
committee@derbyshiredales.gov.uk. The District Council's Constitution limits public participation to a maximum of one hour, with individual slots limited to 3 minutes - or less depending on demand.

The public consultation ran from 7 April to 19 May after councillors approved the content of the draft Local Plan, the final version of which will 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 – 18 in the central area and 14 in the southern area.

The findings of the consultation, which included an online survey, exhibitions and public meetings in Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Matlock and a workshop for parish councils, will be further considered at meetings of the Local Plan Advisory Committee on 11 July and 13 July.

The next stage in the Local Plan process will be the preparation of a Pre Submission Draft and this in turn will be subject to another period of public consultation from 11 August to 22 September. A final version of the Local Plan will be 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 An earlier version was withdrawn at the end of 2014 after a Government Inspector ruled that the 4,400 new homes target was 2,000 short of what was needed.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 2016 draft Local Plan policies and a new housing target figure were agreed, and provisional sites were allocated.
  • 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.

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