New link to help with planning problems in National Park

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 5 April 2006

5 April 2006

New link to help with planning problems in National Park

A new officer has been appointed to help people in the Peak District National Park with the planning process.

The National Park Authority, which deals with around 1,300 planning-related applications a year, has appointed a planning liaison officer to act as a gateway for more complex concerns about the progress of outstanding cases.

Wendy Ruddick, who has many years experience with the Authority, is ready to help with the “harder to resolve” issues raised by the public.

“We want to provide a better service to residents and businesses, and I will be a contact if they have any unresolved problems,” said Wendy. “My role is to assist the planners to ensure that we can clear up the most difficult concerns raised by the public, and offer support to both sides.”

The Peak District is a thriving area for property development, and it has one of the busiest planning departments of any national park in the country. Applications have increased steadily in the past five years, the majority being determined within eight weeks – and some 80 per cent of them are approved.  The department also receives an increasing number of queries and representations.

Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said: “Planning can be a complex area, and our aim is that the planning liaison officer will provide a new way for outstanding concerns to be addressed.”

Wendy Ruddick may be contacted on 01629 816328, or

The National Park Authority’s Customer Service team is still the first point of call for less complex queries (01629 816361), and the website,, has also recently been updated to offer on-line access to the planning service. Users can find guidance, make applications on-line, check on recent applications, find out key-dates in the application-process and make comments for consideration by the planning committee.

This is an archived press release

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