This is an archived press release
Thursday 16 April 2015
Leekfrith parish has been designated a neighbourhood area by the Peak District National Park Authority and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Leekfrith is in the Staffordshire Moorlands and part of the parish lies within the Peak District National Park. This meant that the parish council had to apply under the Localism Act to both Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the National Park Authority to gain the designation.
Leekfrith parish council needed the designation in order to move towards creating a neighbourhood development plan for their area.
A neighbourhood plan is an important document that can become part of the statutory development plan for the National Park and the District Council.
Neighbourhood planning is about bringing people together to influence the future of the places they live and work in.
Over the coming months the parish council and local residents will examine the capacity for growth in Leekfrith and consider opportunities for new developments, but always subject to the District Council’s and the National Park’s overall planning policies.
Details of the Leekfrith neighbourhood area can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning or www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/leekfrithneighbourhoodplan.
Anyone who would like to know more about neighbourhood planning can contact village and communities officer Adele Metcalfe on 01629 816375 or https://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.