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Final consultation on new planning strategy for Peak District National Park

This is an archived press release

Friday 17 September 2010

17 September 2010

Final consultation on new planning strategy for Peak District National Park

Residents, businesses and interest groups have a last chance to give their views on a proposed new planning strategy for the Peak District National Park.

The National Park Authority has launched a final six-week public consultation on the core strategy for its emerging Local Development Framework, which will guide future development in the national park from 2011 to 2026.

The Local Development Framework will be the master-plan against which all planning decisions are made. As such it will be important to everyone living or working in the national park, as well as to visitors.

Brian Taylor, policy planning manager, said: “The core strategy is a forward-looking document with policies to help us respond positively to the constant changes in society, the economy and this protected landscape.

“Its central focus is on the original purposes of national parks and the need for open space, contact with nature and an appreciation of our heritage, because these remain vital elements of a modern society. At the same time it addresses the needs of local residents, landowners and businesses, who all share a vital role in managing this special area.”

Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “As a planning authority, we want to manage development so as to conserve and enhance the valued characteristics of the national park, now and for future generations.

“We want to strengthen our commitment to create sustainable communities and care for the natural beauty and environment, while responding to the new challenges of climate change, dwindling natural resources and rising energy costs.”

The new strategy contains commitments to promote excellence in building design, and innovative approaches for locally-needed affordable homes.  It also seeks to retain shops, services and community facilities, to encourage small-scale business development and sustainable buildings and transport, and to support farmers and land managers to look after the landscape

The core strategy has already gone through several consultations with the public. Following this final consultation, it will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in December and examined by an inspector, probably in March 2011.

People can see the core strategy and supporting documents at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ldf   They can make their comments on http://ldf.peakdistrict.gov.uk  before 5pm on October 26. Alternatively, they can see paper copies at certain libraries and council offices, and at Peak District National Park head office in Bakewell. For details, call Customer Service on 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk

The core strategy will be supplemented by detailed policies in a Development Management document in due course.

This is an archived press release

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