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We’re launching our brand new Planning Help service this week. It aims to give clear, impartial information and advice to local people about planning applications that could affect local countryside.


“We’re a charity that exists to look after our local landscapes,” explains John King, our Planning Officer at Friends of the Peak District. “So we’re not going to be able to give people advice about their own individual housing extensions! But if you’re worried about a planning application for, say, a new building development in an area of valued countryside then we can tell you about the steps you need to take to fight it.”


Although we have campaigned successfully to stop many developments that would compromise our landscapes, we’ve also supported planning applications for things like affordable housing and green energy projects.


“There may well be planning applications that people want to support too: for instance, plans for affordable housing, or expanding a village post office to keep it viable,” adds John King. “If you know there’s some opposition you might not want to keep quiet, and again we can talk through how to get involved in the planning system.” 


Have a look at our Planning Help pages first – and then if you need to, give us a ring on 0114 266 5822 on Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm.