High Peak local plan: date set for public inquiry

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council
Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council

A public inquiry into the High Peak’s long-awaited local plan will begin in January, it has been announced.

The examination of the vital document, which will shape the way the borough develops until 2031, will begin on January 13, 2015, at Bradbury House in Glossop.

There will be two weeks of hearings as well as further discussions about specific sites.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “I think it is a good sign that it is going straight to a public inquiry.

“The inspector could have come back and said he wanted to talk to us first because he had issues he wanted to tie up, but he’s not said that.

“He’s let us have quite a long list of questions but nothing particularly unexpected.”

She added: “Now that the local plan is due to go to inquiry, it takes on more weight as a planning document.

“We have moved comparatively quickly. It was only just two years ago that we decided to go straight for a local plan rather than go down the route of a joint one with Derbyshire Dales, and the inspector has thrown that out so they have to go back to the drawing board.”