TRIBUTES have been paid to John Herbert, former chair of planning at the Peak District National Park Authority, who died on Sunday following a battle with cancer.
Professor Herbert, who was 70, stepped down as chair in July this year.
He had been a member of the planning committee since 2007 and its chair since 2010.
Representing parishes on the Authority from 2003, the retired journalism professor lived in Sheldon near Bakewell and until recently led its Parish Meeting.
Chair of the Authority Cllr Tony Favell said: “John will be very sadly missed. He was a staunch champion on behalf of local people.
“He put up an immensely brave fight against his illness, during which he continued to make an enormous contribution to the national park which he loved so much.
He died in Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield.