Progress on Derbyshire Dales Local Plan

Your District Council has successfully worked through all responses to a six-week consultation on modifications to the draft Local Plan.

The modifications were requested by a Government Inspector following eight days of public hearings in May this year, conducted as part of the examination process.

A summary of the representations submitted during the consultation, together with the District Council’s response to the main modifications, can be viewed online.

The responses on the main modifications have now been forwarded to the Inspector for his consideration and he will decide whether or not changes along the lines set out are required to make the plan sound.

Additional modifications and policy map will also be taken into account by the District Council before it finalises the Local Plan.

The District Council now awaits the Inspector's report on the Examination in Public - expected in late November. After considering the report, the council will publish details of the next steps.

Mark Dakeyne BA (Hons) MRTPI undertook the independent examination after the District Council submitted the Plan to the Secretary of State in December last year following two years of preparation and extensive public consultation.

The Inspector’s role is to determine whether the Plan - designed to guide development in the Dales for the next 17 years - 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.

Local people were invited to comment on the modifications from 3 July via an online questionnaire and were advised that the modifications were being put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s consideration of any further representations received and his final conclusions on the soundness of the Plan.

While many of the modifications involve a subtle change in wording, significant new elements requested by Mr Dakeyne include a new strategic objective to protect the setting of the Peak District National Park.

Another new paragraph is “maintaining the role of Darley Dale as a local service centre whilst safeguarding the intrinsic character and quality of the A6 corridor”.

While all of the original 28 residential sites identified in the Plan - 15 in the central area of the Dales and 13 in the southern area – remain, updated population projections will see the overall new homes requirement reduced from 6,440 to 5,680.

Modifications to the detail of individual sites include implementing measures to deter traffic diverting through Oker and Snitterton in respect of development sites at Halldale Quarry and Cawdor Quarry.

There's also a new specification for the number of homes that can be completed at the site off Matlock's Gritstone Road - 150 - before a link road must be provided through the development from Gritstone Road to Pinewood Road.

In Wirksworth, the number of new homes allocated at land off Middleton Road/Cromford Road is increased from 126 to 150.

  • Of the 6,684 new homes identified in the Local Plan, around 3,377 have already been built or have the benefit of planning permission. It is anticipated a further 320 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.
  • With a “windfall” allowance of a further 240 dwellings and 262 from section 106 agreements, the designated development sites, once approved, will need to accommodate the majority of around 2,485 new homes allocated in the Local Plan 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.
Your District Council has successfully worked through all responses to a six-week consultation on modifications to the draft Local Plan.

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