Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

A Referendum on Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan is to be held on Thursday 6th May 2021, where local people are invited to vote on the following question:

"Do you want Derbyshire Dales District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ashbourne Town to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?"

The Neighbourhood Plan for Ashbourne is the Referendum Version of the Plan that contains the modifications recommended by the independent Examiner. The Specified Documents for the Referendum are provided below:

Referendum Specified Document Regulation 4 (3)
Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version [PDF 6.37MB]
Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Report [PDF 409KB]
Summary of Representations submitted to the Examiner [PDF 246KB]
Decision Statement [PDF 394KB]
General Information Statement about Town and Country Planning and the Referendum [PDF 670KB]

Further information, including who can vote and when is set out in the General Information Statement above.

Copies of the Specified Documents may also be viewed in person at Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock DE4 3NN (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm except Wednesday 9.30am-5pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 01629 761335 or email to book).


The Independent Examiner, Mr Matheson concluded his examination on 4th March 2021, his final report can be seen below:

The Report of the Independent Examiner to Derbyshire Dales District Council on the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan - 4th March 2021 

Mr Andrew Matheson was appointed by the District Council to undertake the Examination of the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan which commenced on 9th November 2020.

Correspondence between the Examiner, Ashbourne Town Council (ATC) and Derbyshire Dales District Council can be seen below:

Opening Enquiries Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan [PDF 191KB]
Ashbourne Town Council - Response to opening enquiries [PDF 1.04MB] 
Derbyshire Dales District Council - Response to opening enquiries [PDF 215KB]

Regulation 16: Publicity

Ashbourne Town Council, with the help of the Neighbourhood Plan Group and the local community, have prepared a draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for their parish. The Plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to help determine planning applications in the area.

The draft Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan was formally submitted to the District Council on 23rd January 2019, and was subject to a period of public consultation from 14th August to 6th November 2020.

The draft Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be viewed below:

Draft Neighbourhood Plan [PDF 4MB]

Basic Condition Statement [PDF 2.7MB]

Consultation Statement [PDF 1.4MB]

Evidence Document [PDF 14.4MB]

The representations received during the Regulation 16 consultation will be forwarded to the Examiner appointed to undertake the Examination in Public of the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan. The representations received during the consultation can be viewed below:

View representations received during the consultation period [PDF 359 KB]

Severn Trent [PDF 389 KB]

Natural England [PDF 93 KB]

Historic England [PDF 328 KB]

Environment Agency  [PDF 187KB]

Derbyshire County Council  [PDF 101KB]

Boyer Planning 1  [PDF 338KB]

Boyer Planning 2  [PDF 2.11MB]

The District Council representations to the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan were approved by Members at a meeting of the Community and Environment Committee on 14th October 2020. The agenda papers can be viewed below:

Community and Environment Committee 14th October 2020 Agenda Papers

Regulation 15: Submission

Ashbourne Town Council submitted the Neighbourhood Plan (Submission Version), the Consultation Statement and the Basic Conditions Statement to the District Council on 23rd January 2019.

In accordance with European Directive 2001/42/EC and the associated Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 a screening report on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan has been carried out by the District Council to determine whether it requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The SEA Screening Report was sent to the statutory consultees for comment. They concluded that a full SEA is not required.

Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report

Historic England Response

Environment Agency Response

Natural England Response

Regulation 14

Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on behalf of Ashbourne Town Council consulted on the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan from the 6th November 2017 for six weeks, under Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As amended by the Localism Act 2011).  For more information and contact details see the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan website here.


We received an area application from Ashbourne Town Council under section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As amended by the Localism Act 2011) which sought the designation of the whole of the Parish of Ashbourne as a Neighbourhood Area.  This request was considered by the District Council's Corporate Committee on 20th March 2014, at which it was resolved to designate the whole of the Parish of Ashbourne as a Neighbourhood Area.


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