A HIGH Peak parish is in the vanguard of new arrangements to give communities more say over how their neighbourhoods develop.
Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council has been chosen by the Government as a groundbreaker for its national neighbourhood planning initiative.
And the Borough Council helped set the ball rolling by securing £20,000 from the Government which it passed on to the parish to help meet the cost of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Now, the parish is to seek the borough’s approval of a proposed Neighbourhood Area – the first step towards preparation of a development plan. The proposed area follows the parish boundary and is accompanied by a supporting statement.
Residents can have their say by taking part in a six-week consultation that started on Thursday (June 28) and runs to 5pm on Thursday, August 9.
The parish council’s application can be viewed at www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/neighbourhood-area-application and is also available in Chapel Town Hall as well in the borough council’s offices in Buxton Town Hall and Glossop Municipal Buildings.
Interested parties can comment on the proposal by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Planning Policy, Regeneration Service, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton. SK17 6EL.
Godfrey Claff, the borough’s executive councillor for regeneration, explained: “Neighbourhood planning is part of the new planning system introduced by the Localism Act 2011. It enabled members of a local community to take forward planning proposals for the neighbourhood in which they live.
“Once a neighbourhood plan has been written – and adopted by the borough council – it becomes part of High Peak’s Local Development Plan. That means it becomes a very important consideration when local planning decisions are made”, he stressed.
Editors’ note: The £20,000 awarded to Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council was granted initially to High Peak Borough Council, as planning authority, by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Borough Council exercised its right to transfer the money to the Parish Council, which is working towards development of the neighbourhood plan. The Borough Council is supporting the Parish Council with its plan preparation.
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