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People's views sought on national park development policies

This is an archived press release

Friday 14 September 2012

Residents, businesses and interest groups are asked to give their views on a range of proposed new planning policies for the Peak District National Park.

The National Park Authority is running a 12-week public consultation on development management policies that will be used to make decisions on planning applications for the next 14 years. The consultation runs from Monday September 24 to Sunday December 16.

Policies in the Development Management consultation document cover: landscape and conservation; housing; shops, services and community facilities; economy; recreation and tourism; utilities; minerals; waste management; transport; and Bakewell.

The document discusses issues such as: conservation and enhancement of the landscape; managing the growth of settlements taking account of new approaches to neighbourhood planning; assessing local eligibility for affordable housing; finding ways to protect and promote community facilities; guidance on re-use of traditional barns; environmental criteria for utilities, transport, minerals and waste developments; and planning for the future growth and viability of Bakewell, the national park’s main town.

Policy planning manager Brian Taylor said: “This consultation is part of our work to explore a range of policy options to help us respond positively to the constant changes in society, the economy and this protected landscape.

“The final version of the document will form part of the Local Development Plan for the national park, taking us forward from 2012 through to 2026.”

Cllr Lesley Roberts, who chairs the national park authority’s planning committee, said: “As the planning authority, we want to manage development to conserve and enhance the valued characteristics of the national park, now and for future generations.

“We need to make sure that, as buildings are developed, the national park maintains the right mix of homes, work spaces, local shops and open space to meet the needs of residents and businesses. We also need to manage the impact on transport, the environment and make sure new development helps create sustainable communities and respects the area’s natural beauty and heritage. We are working to help address these challenges through the planning process.”

Anyone may make comments, and officers will be available to help explain any of the points throughout the period to help people make their responses.

People can read the draft document at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations from Sept 24. Groups or individuals may respond by online survey or by email to policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk . Paper copies are available at Peak District National Park HQ, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, and respondents may send comments to Brian Taylor, policy planning manager, at that address.

Anyone with queries should phone 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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