This is an archived press release
Tuesday 23 January 2007
23 January 2007
Planning advice comes to the Hope Valley
Do you have queries about applying for planning permission in the Peak District National Park? Or perhaps you need to know what is permitted in this special area where the landscape and traditional buildings are a vital part of its character.
To help you find the answers, the National Park’s planners are holding two advice surgeries in the Hope Valley.
Held at Losehill Hall, near Castleton on February 5 (1pm-4pm) and February 27 (4pm-7pm), the surgeries will offer an opportunity to ask planning officers about any planning matter including affordable housing, local planning policies and more specific matters such as alterations, extensions, what needs planning permission and what does not.
You may be thinking about adding an extra room, a garage, a renewable energy scheme, converting a barn, or just need information on how to apply.
The surgeries are a pilot-scheme aiming to make the planning process easier for the public, as planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria explained: “It’s important that we get out into the communities to help people get the answers they need before sending in a planning application or start building work – saving everyone time and money.
“Planning is key to protecting this special place. Because we are a National Park, we have stricter planning policies. If people do not understand what these are then it’s our job to explain. It saves everyone a lot of time and frustration and helps us get the best planning solutions for the area.”
People may go along without an appointment, but if your enquiry is about an existing application or you wish to guarantee a time-slot please call Customer Service Tel: 01629 816361.
As part of the Authority’s ongoing service-improvements people can now apply for planning permission and view existing applications online. For more information visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk and click on planning.