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Evening surgeries bring planners to the people

This is an archived press release

Thursday 2 October 2008

02 October 2008

Evening surgeries bring planners to the people

Peak District National Park Authority planners are holding two village “surgeries” for those who need advice closer to home or out of normal office-hours.

Suitable building designs, materials and locations all play a big role in keeping the National Park special, and the Authority wants to make it easier for residents to find the right information before submitting planning applications.

The surgeries offer general advice from a planning officer on topics ranging from house-extensions to barn-conversions, renewable energy, business premises and more. However, as time is limited, the officers cannot deal with queries on individual planning applications.

The first surgery is at Calver Village Hall, 5pm-7.45pm on October 16 (Thursday). People need to book a time-slot by phoning the Peak District National Park Authority Customer Services team on 01629 816200.

The second is at Parwich Village Hall on Wednesday November 12 - bookings will be taken nearer the date on the same number.

Further surgeries will be held throughout the National Park in 2009.

Planning committee chair Hilda Gaddum said: “These surgeries make it easier for residents to get the advice they need before they submit a planning application. It helps avoid needless delays and saves everyone time and money.  

“Planning is key to protecting this special place, and it’s our job to explain what our planning policies are. We want to work with residents and communities to get the best planning solutions for the area.”

For further details of the surgeries, contact planning liaison officer Wendy Ruddick on 01629 816328.

More detailed planning queries can be dealt with at National Park headquarters, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell - contact Customer Services on 01629 816200 or customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk . General advice is available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning

This is an archived press release

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