Draft Local Plan consultation - deadline approaches

The deadline is approaching for local people to have a final say on the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan before it is sent to the Government for examination at the end of the year.

A public consultation, which started on 11 August after a pre-submission draft of the Local Plan was approved at a special full meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council, ends on 22 September.

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.

The consultation was supported last month by public meetings in Ashbourne and Matlock, together with a public exhibition that has toured the district and is currently available to view at Matlock Town Hall until 22 September.

Copies of the pre-submission Plan are also 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. We would stress 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 in July, 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.

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