The Examination in Public of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan starts on Tuesday 9 May in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall in Matlock.
After two years of preparation and extensive public consultation, your District Council submitted the Plan to the Secretary of State on 19 December last year.
Mark Dakeyne BA (Hons) MRTPI has been appointed as the Inspector to undertake the independent examination. His role is to determine whether the Plan is sound and complies with all legal requirements. The criteria for soundness are whether the Plan's policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
The Inspector will conduct a series of public hearings as part of the examination process, with the first stage scheduled for 9, 10 and 11 May, followed by the hearings for the second stage from 16-19 May and 23 May.
The Local Plan is designed to guide development in the Dales for the next 17 years and features 6,571 new homes on 28 residential sites - 15 in the central area of the Dales and 13 in the southern area.
- Of the 6,571 new homes 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.