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Local Plan disappointment

A Government Inspector's report on an initial examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan has prompted the District Council not to continue with the examination as currently scheduled.

The Secretary of State appointed Inspector Keith Holland to conduct an independent examination of the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan to determine whether it is sound and legally compliant.  Mr Holland presided over a two-day 'Examination in Public' last week and his Examination Note [PDF 87KB] from the sessions is now available to read.

Acknowledging the Inspector's Note, the District Council has advised Mr Holland that, in the light of his initial conclusions, we consider it is appropriate not to continue with the Examination as currently scheduled.

Corporate Director Paul Wilson said:

"While the District Council is naturally disappointed, it makes sense at this stage to take heed of Mr Holland's advice and consider potential options for moving forward the Local Plan before making any further public announcement. These options will be presented to councillors for decision, probably later this year."

Copies of our Local Plan submission along with all supporting documentation is available for viewing on our submissions page.

Almost eight years in the making, the revised Derbyshire Dales Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State in April this year, setting out the District Council's planning policies for the period 2006-2028. Its role is to set out the vision for the area over the period up to 2028.

The area covered by the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan excludes the Peak District National Park, which is a separate local planning authority and which adopted its own Core Strategy in 2011.

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