NEXT week sees the start of 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.
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.
Now, the council has lined up a string of events that start next Monday (October 1) in the Octagon Lounge in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens, continuing the following day in Bradbury House, Glossop.
Running from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, the sessions continue the following Tuesday (October 9) in the Uniting Church, Whaley Bridge before heading for New Mills Volunteer Centre on Thursday, October 11.
The penultimate surgery in Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall on Wednesday, October 17 is followed by an event in Chinley Women’s Institute 24 hours later.
At the sessions, residents will be able to make their voices heard on:
- The number of homes that should be built across the borough
- How the new homes should be distributed
- Which specific sites should be allocated.
In addition, council officers will be available in Glossop Market Arcade from 11am to 2pm on Friday, October 12 while a similar drop-in session is planned for Buxton – date, time and venue to be confirmed.
A meeting with Harpur Hill Residents’ Association took place on Tuesday (September 25) at Harpur Hill Club.
Consultees have until Thursday, October 25 to express their views by visiting www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/localplanoptions; e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Planning Policy, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6EL.
Godfrey Claff, executive councillor for regeneration, urged people to take part in the consultation: “The Local Plan is a vitally-important document that will determine how the High Peak develops for the best part of two decades.
“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”, he stressed.
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