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Central area Local Plan potential development sites published

Eighteen potential central area sites to be considered this month have been published as the District Council moves to the next stage of drafting a Local Plan to guide local development up to the year 2033.

A total of 31 sites - 13 in the southern area were published last Friday (8 January) - will be put before councillors at meetings in Matlock on 18 and 20 January. The District Council does not control planning in northern areas of the district, which are in the Peak District National Park.

In the central area, the sites being considered are seven in Darley Dale, five in Matlock, two in Northwood, one in Cromford, one in Tansley, one in Darley Bridge and one in Wirksworth.

Housing in the DalesThe central area meeting will take place in the Council Chamber at County Hall in Matlock at 6pm on Wednesday 20 January - a venue chosen for its size to accommodate an anticipated large number of members of the public.

After viewing the list of potential sites here, local people are invited to submit written representations to be circulated to members of the Local Plan Advisory Committee via email to committee@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should use the webform on this page or call 01629 761133 in office hours.

District Council procedure allows one hour for public participation at the start of a meeting - and, in the interests of fairness, three minutes will be allocated to each site, with speakers nominated on a first come, first served basis. Where more than one individual applies to speak on the same site, contact details will be circulated to ensure the nominated speaker reflects all views.

Applications to speak must be received no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 19 January. Applications received after this date will not be considered, but a comprehensive six-week public consultation on all sites will be undertaken by the District Council in April.

The southern area meeting takes place at County Hall two days earlier – Monday 18 January – when the 13 sites considered will be four in Ashbourne, three in Brailsford, three in Doveridge and three in Hulland Ward. Public participation applications for this meeting must be received no later than 12 noon this Friday, 15 January.

The District Council aims to submit a final Local Plan for Government approval by the end of 2016 – and next week (12 January) councillors will be asked to formally set a new homes target figure for the period 2013-33.

It is likely that this figure will be around 6,000 homes, of which 2,000 have already been built or have the benefit of planning permission. It is anticipated a further 400 new homes will be built by 2033 in parts of the Derbyshire Dales that lie inside the Peak District National Park.

This means that designated development sites, once approved, will need to accommodate the majority of 3,600 new homes over the next 17 years to keep up with a predicted population growth of 8.4% and economic growth that could see around 1,700 new jobs delivered across the district.

  • The Local Plan, once approved, will control and guide development in the Derbyshire Dales during the Plan period, while protecting the special environmental qualities of the district. An earlier version of the Plan was withdrawn at the end of 2014 after a Government Inspector ruled that the 4,400 new homes target was 2,000 short of what was needed. The District Council aims to submit a new Plan to Government in the autumn.

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