Inspector Sarah Housden BA (Hons) MRTPI from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent examination of the North Derbyshire Local Plan. She will determine whether it has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements and that it is ‘sound’ i.e. positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
An independent Programme Officer will assist the Inspector with all aspects of the examination. Through the summer, the Inspector will appraise the Local Plan and all the representations received by the Council in response to the pre submission draft of the Local Plan.
There are a large number of representations so an outcome is not likely to be for several weeks. Information on the examination is kept up to date on the NED Council webpages.
Following a well-attended public meeting held at the Unstone Community Hall, organized by Councillor Alex Dale, more information was collected from those likely to be affected by the proposed cycle track. Information collected from surveys, questionnaires and public exhibitions will be used to make a decision on whether to adopt the scheme at the end of July.
Test Drilling at Bramleymoor Lane
A Public Inquiry was held at the Chesterfield Assembly Rooms in June about the plans for test drilling near Marsh Lane. Residents, business owners, Councillors, MP Lee Rowley and David Kesteven of Eckington Against Fracking presented their concerns about the impact of the proposal to the Inspector. Issues highlighted included night time noise from the drilling operations, increased heavy vehicles and other traffic upon the unsuitable road network, danger to pedestrians and horse riders, the close proximity of the Apperknowle airfield to the site, the implications for wildlife including hedgerow removal and the impact on the openness of the Green Belt.
Litter Picks Monthly – A New Initiative by DCS
On July 1st, our first Big Litter Pick took place around the route of the Dronfield 10K and Fun Run including the area around Pentland Road shops. Despite the heat, an enthusiastic team of Civic Society committee members and members of the public did a great job and they were thanked by the organisers of the race for their efforts. Further litter picks are planned throughout the summer.
All equipment including litter pickers, high viz jackets, gloves and plastic sacks are provided.
To express an interest in joining the next Big Litter Pick email the committee co-ordinator, David Hallam at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will provide further details. Or check out our Facebook Page for all upcoming Civic Society activities.
First World War Commemoration Preparations
Former Chairman of DCS, John Harvey, has suggested that Dronfield War Memorial which is covered in green lichen, should be cleaned in readiness for the centenary commemorations later in the year.
Dronfield Hall Barn will host an exhibition which is being created by the Dronfield Heritage Trust History Research Group entitled ‘Untold Stories: Dronfield and the First World War’.
If you have any photographs or
memorabilia that you would be prepared to contribute please contact: email@example.com
Plans are already underway in Unstone to create an exhibition and publication entitled ‘Unstone Remembers’. A special commemorative weekend will take place in St. Mary’s Church.
There will be a remembrance concert by the Dronfield Genquip Band, wartime afternoon teas, a poppy cascade created by local knitters, a display of dedication pebbles painted by local school children and an exhibition remembering all those named on Unstone War Memorial.
If you would like to knit a poppy for the cascade, patterns are available from Unstone Post Office which is also the collection point for the finished poppies.
Be sure to say they are for Unstone as the Post Office is collecting poppies for Chesterfield as well.
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