North East Derbyshire District Council have announced a short extension to the live consultation on the Main Modifications to the area’s draft Local Plan to allow communities extra time to have their say.
The consultation was launched on the 2nd November and was due to run until the 23rd December, but the consultation has been extended by one month to allow extra time, given the national Covid-19 lockdown during November. The consultation will now close on the 31st January 2021, after which, all comments will be sent to the independent Inspector examining the plan for her consideration.
Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said, “Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their comments on the proposed Main Modifications. The consultation was launched prior to the national restrictions that were in place during November so, because of this, we’ve decided to extend the consultation, until the end of January, to allow residents extra time to comment.
“This means communities will have had 13 weeks to submit their views or highlight any concerns. We know this is quite a technical final consultation, and that Covid-19 provides challenges and the need to run consultations slightly differently, so we’re providing this extra time for residents to submit their views.
“We still have all the additional provisions in place to post out documents to anyone self-isolating or unable to access the documents online, and the council building at Mill Lane is now open again if you need to inspect a hard copy of the documents.”
Letters and emails will be sent out to all registered contacts on the draft Local Plan early next week to inform them of the extension.
Copies of the Main Modifications and associated documents, including the comment response forms, are available from the council’s offices at Mill Lane, Wingerworth and on the Council’s website https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/planning-and-local-plan/planning-policy-and-local-plan/examination/main-modifications-consultation