This is an archived press release
Tuesday 27 February 2007
27 February 2007
More neighbours contacted on planning applications
The Peak District National Park Authority is to inform more people by letter about forthcoming planning applications on neighbouring properties.
Until now, site-notices have been the main method of letting people know about applications in the National Park, with letters being sent only to the nearest neighbours. But from this month (March 07) the National Park Authority will estimate the impact of a proposal on the immediate locality, and notify neighbours accordingly.
For more sensitive sites, such as listed buildings and conservation areas, or for major proposals, the Authority will use both site-notices and letters. And site-notices will still be used in rural, or less built-up areas where there are no immediate neighbours.
Applications for major developments will still be advertised in the local press when required by the planning legislation.
Head of planning Bob Bryan said: “We want to help improve people’s awareness about forthcoming applications, enabling them to decide in good time whether to give their views for consideration before a decision is made.”
Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria added: “The Authority is trying to improve the planning process for residents and businesses aiming to make it clearer and more accessible as part of its ongoing commitment to improve the services it delivers in the National Park”.
Anyone with queries should contact the Authority on 01629 816200, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for general enquiries, or email@example.com for enquiries about existing applications. More details are available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning