At North East Derbyshire District Council’s Full Council meeting on 29 November the Council’s draft Local Plan was debated and a majority of councillors voted to adopt the new development plan.
The draft document, which will be formally published in the near future, is available to view on the council’s website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk. It sets out the future plan for our area, up to 2034, of allocated housing sites, infrastructure improvements and sets policies which enable to Council to protect against speculative and unplanned development.
The draft plan was developed by the previous administration and has been through an Examination process over the last few years. Following Main Modifications, it was found sound and capable of consideration of adoption by an independent Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “Our area has been without a Local Plan for over a decade, which has led to the challenges we’ve been seeing with speculative development and strain on our infrastructure. Councillors had to balance preventing unplanned development and the risk to all of our Green Belt and green fields with the concerns of communities over remaining allocations in the Green Belt in Dronfield and Killamarsh.”
“This was an incredibly difficult decision but, on balance, I welcome the adoption of the Local Plan as our area will now have a development plan in place to protect against unplanned development. This is the first step in resetting the planning situation in our District, allowing us to meet our housing needs, protecting our environment and countryside from speculative development.”
More information can be found at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk