Plan consultation begins

A SIX-week consultation into potential development sites across the High Peak will begin next month.

Members of High Peak Borough Council agreed to take their Preferred Options Local Plan out for consultation at a meeting held on Monday night.

The plan details the sites which have been selected as being preferred for development as part of the Local Plan, which will help shape development across the borough until 2028.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell said: “This is a genuine consultation. We do want as many people as possible getting involved.

“We feel this offers a much needed viable local approach and allows greater flexibility for sites lying idle. It is very much about positive planning and trying to make things happen.”

Several sites across the High Peak have been designated as strategic development sites to which bespoke planning policies will apply.

One such site in Buxton is the former Buxton Mineral Water site, owned by Nestle, on Station Road, which has been allocated for town centre regeneration uses including retail and office development, hotel and tourist accommodation in the draft local plan.

Welcoming the move, Cllr Linda Baldry said: “I have been approached by several residents relating to Station Road, particularly the Nestle site and I’m pleased to see there is going to be more flexibility in relation to that land.”

Cllr Bisknell added: “I urge Buxton residents to comment on this. I think we have a great opportunity to put some really quite exciting ideas forward for that site. It’s an important site just off the town centre, and is a gateway to the town.”

The consultation will run from February 27 to April 7 and the final plan will be published for formal representations later in the year.

To see the preferred options, visit