Your final say on draft Local Plan

A final round of public consultation on the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan starts on 11 August before it goes out for Government inspection at the end of the year.

The pre-submission draft was approved at a special full meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council on Monday night (8 August) at which councillors voted to reject their Local Plan Advisory Committee’s recommendation to delete a potential development site at Gritstone Road and Pinewood Road in Matlock.

It means a total of 6,571 homes are earmarked for the district in the pre-submission document, with 28 residential sites allocated – 15 in the central area and 13 in the southern area.

Once approved, the Local Plan will guide local development in the Dales up to the year 2033.

An online consultation on the latest draft is now available until 22 September at

It is be supported by the following public meetings:

  • 16 August at Ashbourne’s Elim Pentecostal Church
  • 22 August at Highfields School, Matlock.

Both start at 7pm.

Public exhibitions take place at:

  • Ashbourne Leisure Centre from 11-18 August
  • Matlock Imperial Rooms 18-25 August
  • Wirksworth Leisure Centre 25 August - 1 September
  • Matlock Town Hall 2-22 September.

Planning officers will be available to talk with local people at the exhibitions between 1-6pm on 16 August, 22 August and 1 September.

Copies of the pre-submission Plan will also be available at libraries in Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Matlock, at the District Council’s leisure centres in Ashbourne and Wirksworth and at Matlock Town Hall.

A District Council spokesperson said:

“This last round of public consultation is an opportunity for local people to comment on the soundness of the Local Plan and the extent to which it has been prepared in accordance with legislative requirements.

“Comments should therefore only be made in relation to these aspects of the Plan and we would point out that only those commenting on the Plan at this stage will have the right to be heard at the Examination in Public in the future.”

At three meetings last month, the council’s Local Plan Advisory Committee considered the views of local people who took part in an earlier public consultation that ran from 7 April to 19 May - including 2,600 comments from around 800 individuals.

  • The District Council’s Twitter feed from Monday night’s meeting is available to view below: 

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