Residents in Holymoorside and Walton have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
It follows a referendum in which 94% of residents who voted, said they wanted North East Derbyshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the area.
The Neighbourhood Plan – the first of its kind to be adopted in North East Derbyshire – is a new type of planning document which gives residents a greater say over how their community evolves.
It gives residents the power to decide where developments should go, what they should look like and which areas of land should be protected from development.
A steering group made up of councillors from Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council and members of the community, have prepared the plan over the past two years, which will run until 2033 – the same time as North East Derbyshire District Council’s Local Plan is scheduled to last until.
Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Graham Baxter MBE, said: "We are pleased to endorse the hard work that Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council has done over the last two years to prepare this plan and ensure that the views of the parish council and its residents about their environment can now be taken into account in our planning decisions.
“The Plan will fit in with our Local Plan to provide a clear and up-to-date picture of how development in Holymoorside and Walton Parish should take place.
“Our officers have worked alongside those preparing the Plan to make it the best it could be.”
The Neighbourhood Plan pays particular attention to things such as important views and local green spaces, heritage buildings and in particular protecting dry stone walls.
It also protects important community facilities and shops, protects existing employment uses and ensures housing development is of the right type and quantity.
After submission to North East Derbyshire District Council, the Plan was examined by an independent examiner. The examiner considered whether the plan met certain basic conditions set by Government and reported to the District Council. The council then agreed with his recommendation, to submit the Plan to a referendum.
The Plan will now be used by the District Council’s planning officers to help determine planning applications in the parish.
The Holymoorside and Walton plan is the first neighbourhood plan to be adopted in North East Derbyshire.
It is hoped that Ashover and Wingerworth will also have neighbourhood plans in place in the near future.Details of the Plan and the referendum result can be found on our website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk under ‘Local Plan’