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Tuesday 24 February 2004

24 February 2004


A rural Peak District community will play a crucial role in guiding how the area is developed, after the Peak District National Park Authority officially adopted their views as a key part of its planning process.

The Loxley Valley Design Statement sets out how local people want their communities developed, the features they would like protecting and the kinds of new buildings they consider appropriate and in keeping with the character of the area.

The National Park Authority has officially adopted key sections of the design statement – they now form part of the Authority's Supplementary Planning Guidance, providing important background information every time planning applications are considered for the area.

The Authority will also encourage developers to refer to the guidance when drawing up their designs for the area.

Loxley Valley is very rural in character even though it is just a few miles from Sheffield city centre. It partly lies within the Peak District National Park Authority boundary and partly within Sheffield City Council. It stretches from Strines Moor in the north east of the Peak District, through Bradfield to Malin Bridge in the north west of Sheffield.

The landscape, archaeology and buildings vary widely – from pasture and arable fields to woodland, heath and moorland, and from small clusters of farm buildings to larger villages, redundant quarries and mine workings.

The local communities within the valley began work on the design statement following a public meeting in 2000. They liaised closely with the National Park Authority and Sheffield City Council, which has also adopted parts of the statement.

Chair of the National Park Authority's policy committee, Adrian Brown, said: "This is an excellent document drawn up by a group of people who quite obviously share a love of the area and a concern for its future. It recognises the special qualities of the valley and the need to protect it – but it also supports change that does not impact on the landscape, views or natural resources.

"By adopting parts of the design statement we recognise that the views of local people are very important, and we will ensure that they are high on the agenda whenever we consider planning applications for the area.

"The statement is not intended to replace the planning consultation process and whenever we consider applications all interested parties will still be able to comment. Rather, the importance of the statement is that it formalises the views of local people in a single document that can be referred to for guidance at every stage of the planning process. It will also prove very useful to developers and encourage good design by setting out what sort of buildings are appropriate to the area and are more likely to be acceptable."

· Copies of the design statement are available from Bradfield Parish Council, tel 0114 2851375.

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