Planning information at your fingertips
This is an archived press release
Tuesday 24 January 2012
New website pages have been created by the Peak District National Park Authority to make it easier for residents to make or comment on a planning application.
Responding to feedback from website users all the information on the planning pages has been re-written to be shorter, avoid jargon and make it easier to understand.
The information - which can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning - is now organised into four sections covering:
• pre-application advice and guidance, including answers to frequently asked questions
• making a planning application
• commenting on a planning application, reporting a planning breach or providing feedback about planning services
• information about the planning service, planning policies, enforcement issues, minerals and waste issues and the planning committee.
For the first time residents can also search for details of planning applications and any appeals in one place.
John Herbert, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: "When people need to make or comment on a planning application it’s important they can get information that it is easy to understand and with the least possible hassle.
"That’s what this new website is all about. All our local community residents can now get information at any time of the day or night. They don’t even have to come into Bakewell to do it."
Public libraries offer free Internet access for people who do not have a computer themselves.
John added: "We’ve already tried the new website out with some residents, and they like it and find it a great help. I hope other residents will try it, and give us their comments or suggestions for further improvements we can make."
Residents can get pre-application advice in person from a planning duty officer through a free drop-in service run by the Peak District National Park Authority at its Aldern House offices in Baslow Road, Bakewell between 9.15am and 12.45pm on weekdays.
People who use the social media site Twitter can also get regular information about planning and other Peak District National Park Authority-run services. It can be seen by visiting www.twitter.com and following @peakdistrict