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Development management policies consultation

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Modifications consultation

A second-phase consultation on the modifications made to our Development Management Policies ran from Monday 13 November 2017 to Friday 12 January 2018.

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We ran a  consultation from 18 November 2016 to 27 January 2017 seeking views on the legal compliance, compliance with the Duty to Cooperate and the four tests of soundness of part 2 of the Local Plan for the Peak District National Park,  which we are calling the Development Management Policies document.

This document  will guide and manage development across the National Park alongside our adopted Core Strategy up to 2026 and follows on from the Issues and Preferred Approaches consultation completed in December 2012 and the on-going liaison with parishes, service providers and landowners.

The comments made as part of the 2012 consultation process have informed this publication version of the Development Management Policies document.

The Authority is now satisfied that it has a sound document and will submit this version to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government where it will be examined by an independent Inspector to assess whether the document has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound.

A local planning authority should submit a development plan document for examination which it considers is “sound” – namely it is:

  • Positively prepared – the document should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements. This test will be presented in the context of the appropriate restraint on development anticipated by the statutory purposes which affect National Parks.
  • Justified – the document should be the most appropriate strategy when considered against reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with policies in the National Planning Policy Framework.

In 2015 the Authority received free support from the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) to assist our thinking on the soundness of the emerging Development Management Policies. View PAS report (460KB)

We also asked whether representors wish to take part in the independent examination of the document.

We provided a statement (49KB)  to  help people make representations and to set out where the documents will be made available.

Consultation documents and maps

The Development Management Policies document is made up of the document itself (including a set of technical Appendices), and the Policies Map (comprising both landscape scale and settlement maps). A summary (75KB) is also available.

Consultation documents

You can read the document here and make comments using our online survey. All documents are in PDF format

Development Management Policies document split into chapters, plus appendices (8.5MB) zip format

Full document

Development Management Policies document (5.7MB)



Supporting documents

Policies maps

We have created two sets of policies maps with different levels of detail.

Tile maps

Tile map are static images which have been designed to be easy to view and print - see

GIS maps

GIS maps are more detailed and allow you to interact with the map and turn layers off and on  (interactive maps currently offline)

If you want to see all the designations that apply to a particular site you can either select each of the individual layers independently or select all the check boxes at once and click the map on the site/part of the site you are interested in. This will bring up a list of all the designations that apply.

Guidance and background documents

Further information and guidance on making a representation was made available as part of the consultation.

You can also see the documents:

  • At the National Park office, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE and a range of libraries in and around the National Park, either online or as a paper copy (during normal opening hours).
  • Paper copies are available to purchase by telephoning 01629 816303 - costs for each document can be seen on the publications price list.
  • We are available to discuss the document by phone and can make arrangements to meet face to face as convenient.

Comments were also sought on the Sustainability Appraisal which accompanies the document in the same way. A paper copy is available at the National Park office and other deposit locations.

We have also made available other documents that you can comment on as part of your representation:

  • The proposed submission documents
  • A number of evidence base documents which help to explain how and why the approach laid out has been taken.

If you require any further information please contact the Policy and Communities Team on 01629 816303.

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