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Your community

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There are about 38,000 people living in the Peak District National Park. The people who live and work here face many different challenges:

  • high house prices
  • low wages
  • an aging population
  • restricted job opportunities
  • inconsistent access to services

It is difficult to maintain balanced and vibrant communities when faced with these challenges, but we can help. Email policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk if you'd like to:

  • apply for a Communities Small Grant of up to £1500 towards project costs
  • write a statutory neighbourhood plan or village plan
  • look after community green spaces and buildings
  • develop community initiatives: allotments, community shop/pub, broadband, renewable energy, old folk’s lunch club, play area, sports club
  • do practical conservation – walling and tree planting
  • create village trails
  • put on local history events;
  • learn about conservation areas and listed buildings
  • share stories of village life and events on our Peak District Community Facebook Group.

Conservation areas

A conservation area is defined as an area of "special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". The aim of conservation area designation is to ensure that this character is not destroyed or undermined by inappropriate changes.

Find out more about conservation areas.

Historic buildings

You will notice that the national park is very different from the areas outside its boundaries because development is carefully controlled and the special character of the place has been maintained. Listed buildings and traditional properties in conservation areas are given special protection.

We know this can cause difficulties, so we work with you to help you understand exactly what you can and cannot do.

Find out more about historic buildings.

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