Views sought on Peak Park planning policy

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Residents, businesses, community and conservation groups and other interested parties are being asked to give their views about proposed new planning policies for the Peak District National Park.

The national park authority is running a 12-week public consultation on development policies which will be used to make decisions on planning applications within the park for the next 14 years.

The consultation runs from Monday, September 24 to Sunday, December 16.

The document discusses issues such as conservation and enhancement of the landscape; managing the growth of settlements; affordable housing; protecting community facilities; re-use of traditional barns; environmental criteria for utilities, transport, minerals and waste developments; and planning for the future growth and viability of Bakewell, the national park’s main town.

Peak District National Park policy planning manager, Brian Taylor, said: “This consultation is part of our work to explore a range of policy options to help us respond positively to the constant changes in society, the economy and this protected landscape.

Brian added: “The final version of the document will form part of the local development plan for the national park, taking us forward from 2012 through to 2026.”

The draft document is available online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations from September 24.

The document is also available from the Peak District National Park headquarters at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.

■ Anyone wanting to submit comments to the consultation is asked to email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Alternatively call 01629 816200 or write to the headquarters address above.