You’ve got until Tuesday 26 October to have your say about the new core strategy for the Peak District National Park.
The Peak District National Park Authority is working on its planning strategy to guide future development in the national park from 2011 to 2026. It will replace the existing Local Plan with a Local Development Framework, which consists of a suite of documents, the first of which is this core strategy. The Local Development Framework is the masterplan against which all planning decisions will be made, and so will be important to everyone living or working in the Peak District. It includes things such as identifying settlements where development may be appropriate, and the scale and type of development. It will also contain policies on conservation, affordable housing, tourism and quarrying.
The Park Authority has been developing the core strategy for a number of years, and we’ve looked at various drafts – which haven’t proposed any significant levels of development in the national park – and written in with our comments. We disagreed with them where they could potentially restrict affordable housing in smaller settlements, or prevent suitably located small scale renewable energy schemes. However, we supported the restrictions on open market housing (unless delivering conservation benefits) and a more flexible approach to businesses which fit national park purposes.
The draft plan and comments from the consultation will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in December, and then examined by an inspector, probably in March 2011.