Have your say over blueprint for Peak Park

RESIDENTS, businesses and interest groups are being asked to give their views on a range of proposed new planning policies for the Peak District National Park.

The National Park Authority is running a 12-week public consultation on development management policies that will be used to make decisions on planning applications for the next 14 years.The consultation runs from Monday September 24 to Sunday December 16.

Policies in the Development Management consultation document cover: landscape and conservation; housing; shops, services and community facilities; economy; recreation and tourism; utilities; minerals; waste management; transport; and Bakewell.

The document discusses issues such as: conservation and enhancement of the landscape; managing the growth of settlements taking account of new approaches to neighbourhood planning; assessing local eligibility for affordable housing; finding ways to protect and promote community facilities; guidance on re-use of traditional barns; environmental criteria for utilities, transport, minerals and waste developments; and planning for the future growth and viability of Bakewell, the national park’s main town.

People can read the draft document at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations from September 24. Groups or individuals may respond by online survey or by email to policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk. Paper copies are available at Peak District National Park HQ, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.