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National park residents lead the way on neighbourhood planning

This is an archived press release

Monday 5 November 2012

Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the future of a popular Peak District village.

Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council has applied under the Localism Act to designate their village and parish as a neighbourhood area.

By applying for the designation in writing to the Peak District National Park Authority the parish council has taken the first step in developing a neighbourhood plan.

A neighbourhood plan is an important document because it can become part of the statutory development plan for the Peak District National Park.

Cllr Lesley Roberts, who chairs the National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: “I am delighted that the community of Hartington have made this move and welcome the opportunity to work closely with local people to identify ways to achieve their ambitions.

“Neighbourhood planning is all about bringing people together to influence the future of the places they live and work in.”

A copy of the application letter and a map of the proposed neighbourhood area can
be viewed at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans or by calling Customer Service on 01629 816200 to ask for a paper copy.

People who live, work or do business in the area, are invited to comment on the application by Friday December 21, before a decision is made by the Authority.

The process of creating the neighbourhood plan will enable the parish council and local residents to examine the capacity for growth in Hartington and to consider opportunities for new developments, but always subject to the National Park’s overall planning policies.

Anyone who would like to know more about neighbourhood planning can contact village and communities officer Adele Metcalfe on 01629 816375 or adele.metcalfe@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in 2011 under the Localism Act. They are community-led plans that can carry legal weight and be adopted by the local planning authority.

A summary of the Localism Act can be found at www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1896534.pdf

This is an archived press release

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