This is an archived press release
Wednesday 14 November 2007
14 November 2007
Parishes focus on National Park planning
Parish councillors from all over the Peak District National Park have a deeper understanding of planning issues following a one-day training session led by national park planners.
The councillors, who have a key consultative role in national park planning applications, wanted to be better-informed when making their recommendations.
The event was organised by the Parishes Forum, which represents parish and town councils throughout the area, and National Park Authority planning officers and members led the talks and exercises.
It included updates on the planning process, liaison and law, a briefing on best building designs for the national park, and an illustrated talk on what makes local identity in the village of Winster.
It also included role-play – with parish councillors finding out what it is like to be a decision-maker on the planning committee – and exercises, with councillors designing an extension to a historic cottage, window-improvements and a re-design of a village housing estate.
Parishes Forum chair Cllr Rob Greatorex said: “This seminar was really informative, concentrating on all aspects of the planning system in the Peak District National Park. We particularly dealt with those matters that cause so much concern to local councils. Everyone enjoyed the exercises and talks. Officer-contact is valuable to ensure better understanding of respective roles and a more positive contribution to planning decisions.”
National Park Authority chair Narendra Bajaria agreed: “This type of training helps our constituent councils appreciate the important role of parish council in planning decisions.
“By raising awareness we can help ensure that the national park is better for its conservation and the well-being of local communities.”