Speak up on High Peak plans

A series of drop-in sessions that gives High Peak people a chance to have their say on a crucial document that will shape development in the area until 2028, start next week.

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. Once adopted, the plan will be used to determine planning applications.

Godfrey Claff, executive councillor for regeneration: “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.”

The events, running from 6.30pm-8.30pm, take place on: Monday October 1, Octagon Lounge in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens; October 9 in the Uniting Church, Whaley Bridge; New Mills Volunteer Centre on October 11; Chapel Town Hall on October 17 and Chinley Women’s Institute on October 18.

Residents will be able to make their voices heard on: the number of homes that should be built across High Peak; how the homes should be distributed and which specific sites should be allocated.

Consultees have until 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, Derbyshire, SK17 6EL.