This is an archived press release
Monday 21 November 2016
People can have their say on future planning policies in the Peak District National Park as part of a new consultation.
The Development Management Policies document forms part of the Local Plan for the UK’s first and original National Park and will guide all important decisions on the use of land and buildings including locally needed affordable housing, business and community facilities and conserving the distinctive character of the area.
The consultation began on November 18 and runs until January 27, 2017. It is the last formal stage to make representations and the focus of comments should be on the soundness of the plan and the process.
Head of Policy and Communities Brian Taylor said: “These are detailed policies used every day by the Authority to consider planning applications. We’ve worked closely with communities and service providers over the past few years to find opportunities for communities and businesses to thrive whilst conserving the landscape scenery of the National Park and its many valued features. We’ve also developed a completely new set of maps showing the different designations that make up the National Park landscape and historic environment. People can comment on any of this detail during the consultation period.”
The document clarifies many of the principles in the Core Strategy providing greater opportunities for development where it helps to drive the conservation and enhancement of the National park and where it provides benefit for local communities and business, such as ancillary housing developments on farms through extensions and re-use of outbuildings, and finding new uses for traditional buildings such as roadside field barns.
Policies seek greater awareness and appreciation of heritage in such schemes in order to conserve local character.
The document clarifies the approach to affordable housing and also offers scope for market led housing where this can help restore derelict sites.
There is also a strengthening of economic policy by actively safeguarding a series of high quality business sites across the National Park. Moreover policies seek to protect local shops and services by demanding rigorous market testing of schemes involving for example the change of use of such uses to housing.
How to comment
The consultation documents can be found at many locations in and around the National Park and online here. Comments can also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have access to the internet you may submit comments in writing to Brian Taylor, Head of Policy and Communities, Peak District National Park Authority, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell DE45 1AE
If you have any difficulty in commenting, or would like help to do so, contact the Policy Planning Team on 01629 816200.
Following this consultation we will be submitting the publication version of the DMP along with the representations to the Secretary of State for examination during 2017.