A new service to help bring empty properties back into use has been launched in North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District.
Both Councils have joined forces to launch the service with the aim of reducing the number of empty properties across the area, bringing them back into use for the benefit of families and individuals.
The new system can be used for either landlords wishing to rent or sell their property and is completely free of charge.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Bette Hill said, “We know how hard it is for people to get a mortgage or find a home that meets your needs. That’s why we are introducing this new service which will not only bring back into use an empty property, but also help people find a suitable home. It’s a win-win as far as we are concerned.”
All you need to do is register your empty property with the relevant council and they will advertise your property on their website for free. They will also put you in contact with people who may be interested in purchasing or renting it.
The property must be registered as being empty for more than six months and proof of ownership must be provided. If you are a landlord then proof that you are an accredited landlord must also be provided.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Enterprise, Councillor John Ritchie said, “Demand for housing is increasing, so we want to do all we can to bring back into use any empty properties across the area. The longer a home is left empty the more likely it is to attract anti-social behaviour, to fall into disrepair and to become a source of anxiety to nearby residents. That’s why we are doing all we can to assist owners and landlords with returning their properties to use.”
Planning fee increases
From 17 January 2018, the Government are introducing an increase of 20% on planning fees.
Regulations to introduce the 20% fee increase were made on 20 December 2017. Our planning fees will therefore increase from 17 January 2018. The new legislation is part of The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
You can read more about the statutory instrument on the Government's legislation website.
Have you got any old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to your local household waste recycling centre in the New Year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.
From hair-dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there’s a wide range of household appliances you can take to Derbyshire County Council’s recycling centres. And from 2 January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket – which means you could be quids in.
Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the county council’s nine recycling centres, type in your unique ticket number online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/electric and find out if you’re an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you’ll get.
The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers – the contractor which works on behalf of the county council to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.
Electrical goods can be exchanged for a golden ticket at the following recycling centres:
- Ashbourne (Mayfield Road)
- Bolsover (Buttermilk Lane)
- Buxton (Waterswallows Road)
- Glossop (Melandra Road)
- Ilkeston (Manners Avenue Industrial Estate)
- Loscoe (Heanor)
- Newhall (Swadlincote)
- Northwood (Darley Dale)
- Stonegravels (Chesterfield)
All electrical appliances are accepted including:
- coffee makers
- electric toothbrushes
- electric garden equipment
- fairy lights
- fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
- game consoles
- laptops, tablets and PCs
- music systems
- power tools
- sat navs
- slow cookers
- straighteners and hairdryers
- washers and dryers
For a full list of the other items you can take to the recycling centres and their locations visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres
Please make sure all personal data has been removed from items such as laptops, mobile phones or tablets before you take them to a recycling centre.
We would like to wish all our residents, partners and businesses of North East Derbyshire a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please note our district offices will be closed from 12pm noon on Friday 22 December 2017 and will re open on Tuesday 2 January at 9 am.
In an emergency contact us on 01246 231111. You can also report problems such as abandoned vehicles, fly tipping, dog fouling noise complaints and more on our website homepage under 'do it online to save time' www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk
For more information on the opening times for our leisure centres please click here.
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’