Local Plan meeting to be broadcast live

A meeting to agree the final contents of the draft Derbyshire Dales Local Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State will be broadcast live on the internet from 6pm this Thursday (8 December).

Some minor modifications are being put to a special meeting of the District Council following on from a six-week consultation that ended in September.

Around 800 representations were received in what was the final consultation on a pre-submission draft of the Plan featuring 6,571 new homes on 28 residential sites - 15 in the central area of the Dales and 13 in the southern area.

Since then officers have been working through representations received.

Once submitted to the Secretary of State, the Plan will be subjected to an examination in public, and a Government Inspector is expected to deliver a verdict next year.

Thursday’s meeting will be streamed live from 6pm on the District Council’s YouTube channel, where it will be available to view as an archived video afterwards.

Members of the public have until 12 noon on Wednesday (7 December) to inform the District Council of their intention to ask questions, express views or present petitions at the meeting in relation to 61 recommended modifications or the submission of the plan generally. Notice can be given by phone on 01629 761133, by email to committee@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or in writing to Committee Section, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock DE4 3NN.

The District Council has involved local people in a series of consultations since a previous version of the Plan was withdrawn two years ago after an Inspector ruled that the number of new homes proposed at that time - 4,400 - was 2,000 homes short of what was needed.

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

Of the 6,571 new homes that could be allocated in the Local Plan, around 2,200 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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