Consultations on the Publication Version of the Local Plan begin on Wednesday 21st February and will run for six weeks.
Members of the NEDDC Cabinet met on February 14th and voted to adopt the Plan before it goes out to consultation.
We will be able to comment, but it is unlikely that the Plan will be changed further as that was the remit of the Consultation Draft Plan last year.
After the consultation, there will follow a period of five weeks when minor changes to the document may take place before it is submitted to an Independent Planning Inspector for scrutiny.
The Plan last year proposed 860 new homes for Dronfield by taking land out of the Green Belt. In the Publication Version, the numbers have been revised down to 475, but it will still mean loss of Green Belt. See the map which shows the changes.
We oppose any loss of Green Belt land, as do the Town Council in their Neighbourhood Plan. It is very important to take part in the consultation as this is our last opportunity to make a difference.
We shall be publishing our response to the Publication Version on our website.
Dronfield Town Council has been working on a Neighbourhood Plan for the town. The Civic Society through former Chairman John Harvey has had some input of ideas for the chapter about Heritage. Ideas from this Neighbourhood Plan will feed through into the Local Plan which is being developed by NEDDC.
Dronfield Town Council has requested on behalf of residents that NEDDC scraps its plans to remove land from the Greenbelt around Dronfield.
Although DCS has perhaps not been too vocal about the planning application by INEOS for test drilling for shale gas at a site on Bramleymoor Lane, we are sympathetic to residents' concerns about the increased HGV movements through Coal Aston it is likely to bring and its impact on the safety of pedestrians and the wider community.
Councillor Angelique Foster mentioned the work of the Civic Society in connection with traffic and road safety in Dronfield when she put the case to DCC Planning Committee on February 5th at County Hall Matlock.
Planning committee members voted by a majority of nine to one to reject the recommendation of council planning officers that an application by oil and chemical firm INEOS would be acceptable if strict planning controls were put in place.
The application is to be decided by an Independent Planning Inspectorate from Tuesday 19th to Friday 29th June.
Dronfield to Unstone Cycle Path
Last year extensive survey work took place alongside the B6057 for a proposed cycle path between the Cemetery Road mini roundabout and the new Peak Resort facility south of Unstone Green.
Two public exhibitions were held recently to reveal the detailed plans for the scheme which is funded through D2N2 LEP. Officers from DCC answered questions about the scheme and received further feedback which will inform the final design of the non-segregated shared route.
To read the results from the September consultation here’s the link: Derbyshire.gov.uk
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