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Local Plan Review


New survey on the National Park's 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.

We have launched a new streamlined Local Plan Review survey for young people (which should take around 20 minutes to complete). The survey will be available through to 5th May 2021. We are particularly keen to hear from young people but hope this new survey is accessible to all. (If you completed the original survey, which was live from November 2020 to February 2021, there is no need to complete this new version).

Thank you to those who completed the original survey, which has now finished, a summary of responses will be available on this page in due course along with details of other opportunities to have your say.

What is the Local Plan?

The Local Plan is either a single document or set of documents covering the planning policies for an area. Normally these are set out for a District or City Council area but where a National Park Authority exists it takes on the role of Local Planning Authority. As such we prepare a Local Plan for the whole of the Peak District National Park. Currently this comprises 2 parts:

  • The Core Strategy - Strategic planning policies and objectives setting out principles for the way we approach planning in the National Park; and
  • Development Management Policies - This is part 2 of the Local Plan and covers detailed criteria to help applicants and ultimately decision makers in determining planning applications.

Going forward we aim to simplify the Local Plan into one document.

Supporting the Local Plan we also have:

  • A Policies Map - a plan of the National Park detailing the various proposals and designations referred to in the Local Plan documents; and
  • Supplementary Planning Documents - further detail to interpret and explain the approach to policies, particularly in relation to design and landscape impact.

What will happen to the survey results?

Results will be published online and influence the next stage in the process.

What will happen to my personal information?

The survey is anonymous but we ask a few basic personal questions to make sure no groups are excluded.

What happens next?

  • Now – early debate on broad issues
  • 2021/22 – formal consultation on issues and options
  • 2022/23 – draft plan
  • 2023/24 – formal consultation on final plan

The dates are approximate. Process may be altered if the current Planning White Paper becomes a bill and is enacted.

What if I need to understand a bit more about the issues?

You should be able to answer the questions without any specialist knowledge, but if you want to know more about the issues you can find summary information for each of the topics listed below.

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