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News from Bradfield Village Hall
23rd January 2009

Peak District Planning Issues: Your Views Wanted

Residents, visitors and businesses are being asked to comment on options that will be used to decide whether future planning applications in the Peak District are acceptable or not.

The Local Development Framework will be the master plan against which all planning applications in the national park are judged from 2011 to 2026.

The legal document will affect everyone who makes a planning application, whether they want to alter their property, build a new home, add an extension or create a business.

It will also look at issues like:

  • how much affordable housing should be built
  • the impact of climate change on the Peak District landscape
  • how many wind turbines or other renewable energy schemes should be allowed and
  • how much tourist accommodation should be allowed.

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, chair of the authority's planning committee, said: "This public consultation is not about some stuffy legal document that will sit on a shelf. It is a policy that will directly affect the lives of everyone who lives in the national park until 2026.

"So it is really important that residents, visitors and businesses tell us what types of development they would like to see and what aspects of the landscape they think should be protected by planning law.

"Planning issues in a national park arouse strong emotions. This is because we have to strike a difficult balance between our legal duty of protecting and enhancing the landscape with the need to ensure that our villages and towns remain vibrant, living communities.

"This is a chance for all those interested in the national park to tell us how they think that balance should be achieved."

The public consultation runs until 10 April and can be seen by visiting www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ldfconsultation and following the on-screen instructions, which allows comments to be made online.

Summary and full-length versions of the consultation document have been produced. Both have seven sections with different options to consider. The sections are:

  1. landscape
  2. climate change and natural resources
  3. housing
  4. settlements
  5. transport
  6. economy
  7. minerals.

Responses to the consultation can also be made by email to policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk or by writing to:

    Brian Taylor, Policy Planning Manager
    Peak District National Park Authority
    Aldern House, Baslow Road
    Derbyshire, DE45 1AE

Details of how to read or get paper versions of the consultation can be obtained from the authority's customer service team on 01629 816200 or by emailing customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk

All the comments from the consultation will be used to produce a final draft version of the Local Development Framework by the end of the year.

A further public consultation will then be held before the document is sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to approve. The plan is expected to come into force in 2011.