This is an archived press release
Thursday 11 July 2013
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on a proposal for the largest town within the Peak District National Park to create a neighbourhood plan.
Bakewell Town Council has applied under the Localism Act to designate the town and parish as a neighbourhood area.
By applying for the designation in writing to the Peak District National Park Authority the town council has taken the first step in developing a neighbourhood plan.
A neighbourhood plan is an important document that 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 Bakewell has 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."
From Monday July 15 the application letter and a map of the proposed neighbourhood area can be seen 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 Tuesday August 27, before a decision is made by the Authority.
The process of creating the neighbourhood plan will enable the town council and local residents to examine the capacity for growth in Bakewell and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.