RESIDENTS across the High Peak have been urged to make their voice heard on a crucial document that will shape development across the Borough until 2028.
The Borough Council is working on a new Local Plan that will earmark land for housing, employment and leisure while protecting the countryside against unsuitable development.
Over recent weeks the Advertiser had turned the spotlight on a number of sites across the borough suggested as possible locations for residential development which are included in the consultation.
These include various sites throughout Harpur Hill, Burbage, Whaley Bridge and New Mills.
Sites in Chapel are not included as they are part of ongoing work to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) as part of national pilot scheme. However, the Local Plan will create a framework for the NDP determining how many new homes and the number of jobs the town is expected to sustain.
Council leader Caitlin Bisknell said: “The Local Plan is a vitally important document that will determine how the High Peak develops for the best part of two decades.
“If you want to influence the allocation of land for housing, employment and leisure – and our policies to protect the countryside – now is the time to make your voice heard,” she urged.
Once adopted, the plan will be used to determine planning applications.
The consultation that will seek the public’s views on options for:
lThe number of homes that should be built across the borough
lHow the new homes should be distributed
lWhich specific sites should be allocated.
lThe council will also ask where new businesses should be located, which areas should be earmarked for leisure or protected from development, and how the council should plan for development of the town centres.
To view the options document, visit www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/localplanoptions; call in at Buxton Town Hall or Glossop Municipal Buildings; or visit the Buxton, Glossop, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hadfield, Hayfield, New Mills or Whaley Bridge libraries. Documents include maps showing specific sites being considered for housing development.
The council has also organised drop-in sessions at which the public can talk with planning officers.
People can call in at the following sessions any time between 6.30pm and 8.30pm:
lMonday October 1, Octagon Lounge, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
lTuesday October 2, Bradbury House, Glossop
lTuesday October 9, Uniting Church, Whaley Bridge
lThursday October 11, Volunteer Centre, New Mills
lWednesday October 17, Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall
lThursday October 18, Chinley Women’s Institute.
lThere will also be a meeting with Harpur Hill Residents’ Association at Harpur Hill Club on Tuesday, September 25 at 7.30pm.
In addition, council officers will be available in Glossop Market Arcade from 11am-2pm on Friday, October 12. A similar drop-in session is planned for Buxton, date, time and venue to be confirmed.
Consultees have until Thursday, October 25 to express their views by visiting www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/localplanoptions; e-mailing LDF@highpeak.gov.uk; or writing to Planning Policy, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, SK17 6EL.