This is an archived press release
Thursday 13 October 2011People who cannot get to Peak District National Park HQ during normal office hours can speak to planners at an evening planning surgery on Wednesday November 2.
The National Park Authority has organised the planning surgery from 5pm to 8pm at its head office, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell.
People may seek general advice about a development they have in mind, or discuss one that affects them, or suggest ideas on how planning could help communities.
They can either book 20-minute appointments on 01629 816200 or email@example.com or they can just drop in and be prepared to wait.
Senior planning officers will be available along with John Herbert, chair of the authority’s planning committee.
John Herbert said: “We want to make it easier for residents to have a face-to-face discussion about a planning issue that concerns them. It’s often difficult for people who have other responsibilities during the day to speak to officers in normal office-hours.
“Officers will be there to advise on individual planning cases which as an authority member I cannot discuss, but I do want to hear residents’ views about planning in general. We’re very keen, as we make improvements in the planning service, that we have as many links with people in local communities as possible.”
The authority has run planning surgeries since 2008, in local communities as well as at Aldern House, at times which suit local people.
Anyone who needs planning advice during office hours can contact the authority’s customer service team or they can see a duty planning officer any weekday between 9.15am and 12.45pm at Aldern House. Phone 01629 816200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Planning is one of many national park authority services to assist local communities. Other key work includes Live & Work Rural, which supports new or developing local businesses, and an advisory service for farmers and landowners.
General information about planning issues in the national park can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning