Councillors set to consider High Peak local plan

An extraordinary meeting of High Peak Borough Council will take place this week to discuss the local plan.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 7th April 2014, 12:06 pm
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After a meeting last month when councillors voted not to accept the plan, members will meet at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Tuesday to try and take the vital document forward.

Members are now being recommended to accept a series of policies which will form a critical part of the plan.

If approved, the local plan will then be published and representations about its soundness invited from residents and other interested parties. Any valid comments received will be reported back to a council meeting in July before final submission to the Planning Inspectorate.

The report adds that if further significant changes are considered necessary then another round of consultation may be necessary before the local plan can be submitted, which would extend the timetable.

New guidance or evidence issued prior to submission may also lead to further changes to the local plan which could impact on the timetable.

If councillors do not agree the submission version of the local plan, or if alternative changes are made, there is a very significant risk it will not be found sound, or that the council may be advised by the Planning Inspectorate to reconsider it before any examination can take place or to withdraw the plan altogether.

This would lead to a significant delay to the adoption of the local plan.

Having agreed proposals relating to sites allocated for housing in the Buxton, Central and Glossopdale sub-areas at the last meeting, members then voted not to accept the remaining sections of the plan.