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Local Plan Review

Climate change. Nature recovery. Sustainable communities. Low carbon transport.

These are just a few of the big ticket challenges that we need to address in a new Local Plan.

Current consultations

To support the development of the new Local Plan, the Authority is required by law to undertake a Sustainability Appraisal (SA). The SA is an integral part of the plan making process. It sets out how the local plan can improve environmental, social and economic conditions. It also identifies any potential adverse effects arising from the plan and any actions necessary to mitigate them.

The first stage in the SA process is to produce a SA Scoping Report. This is a focused consultation on our SA Scoping report only.

We are asking for Statutory Consultees, colleagues from neighbouring authorities and other relevant stakeholders to take part in the SA Scoping Report consultation. The consultation will run from Friday 25th August 2023 to 17:00 on Friday 6th October 2023. Whether you have comments on the Plans, policies and programmes, the baseline data, the sustainability issues and objectives or the sustainability framework or methodology, we would like to hear from you.  Comments can be sent to or posted to Peak District National Park, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.

The SA Scoping Report can be found here. This document will be revised based on comments received and used to inform the Sustainability Appraisal for the Issues and Options document, which will be circulated for consultation at a later date.

What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan is a set of documents containing the planning policies for the Peak District National Park. The Local Plan is used to make decisions about the 100s of planning applications received each year.

Why is it being reviewed?

We are legally obliged to review the Local Plan.  We need to check whether the policies have performed well, and whether they are still fit for purpose given the new pressures, challenges and changes in government guidance.

How can I get involved?

We will involve residents and other stakeholders every step of the way throughout the whole process.

What is the timetable?

2023 – writing issues and options with formal consultation late 2023

2024 – preferred options consultation

2025 - draft plan

Latest news

We are currently drafting Issues and Options ready for a statutory consultation late 2023. We are also commissioning evidence on population and housing needs.


All the evidence and information that we build up as part of the Local Plan review process will be used to inform decision-making about new planning policy and be made publicly available here.

Summary of Parish Council Survey Autumn 2022

Thriving and Sustainable Communities definition - final version agreed with the Peak Park Parishes Forum

Stakeholder Workshops - Summer 2021

Results of 'streamlined' on-line survey May 2021

Results of on-line survey Dec 2020

Topic Papers

Responses to Topic Papers from consultees

Parish Statements

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