RESIDENTS of a High Peak town have been urged not to miss out on a golden opportunity to influence a crucial document that will shape development in the area until 2028.
The plea was made this week by the Borough Council, which has joined forces with Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council to stage a drop-in session at the Town Hall on Wednesday, October 17.
Running from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, the event will give residents a chance to have their say on a draft Local Plan that the borough council is working on to 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 right across the borough.
The surgery will be attended not only by borough council officers but also by a parish council representative who will describe progress on an innovative Neighbourhood Plan that the parish council is developing in partnership with Chapel Vision.
The overarching local plan will create a framework for the neighbourhood plan, which will go into site-specific detail on appropriate land uses.
The borough’s consultation on the draft local plan started on Tuesday (September 25) with a meeting with Harpur Hill Residents’ Association, and will continue on Monday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 2 with drop-in sessions in the Octagon Lounge in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens, and Bradbury House, Glossop respectively.
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 event in Chapel Town Hall will then be followed 24 hours later by a surgery in Chinley Women’s Institute.
At the sessions, all running from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, residents will be able to make their voices heard on:
- The number and distribution of homes that should be built across the borough;
- Which specific sites should be allocated for housing, new businesses, local green spaces and other types of leisure;
- Priorities for town centres and retail shopping streets.
In addition, borough 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.
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, the borough’s 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 have your say”, he stressed.