This is an archived press release
Friday 16 January 2015
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on whether a Peak District village should designate a neighbourhood area.
Leekfrith Parish Council has applied under the Localism Act to designate its village and parish as a neighbourhood area.
By applying for the designation in writing to the Peak District National Park Authority and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council the parish 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.
Paul Ancell, who chairs the National Park Authority's planning committee, said: "I am delighted that the community of Leekfrith has made this move and I look forward to the Authority working with the Parish Council 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."
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, added: "The Council also supports this application and the interest this local community is showing in taking a lead role in its future. It is exactly what the legislation aimed to achieve and it's heartening to see local people embracing the opportunities it affords."
The application letter, a map of the proposed neighbourhood area and details of how to make comments can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning or www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/leekfrithneighbourhoodplan. Or call 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 24th February 2015, 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 Leekfrith and to consider opportunities for new developments, but always subject to the District Council's and 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 email@example.com
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.