The NEDDC Local Plan is currently under scrutiny by Independent Planning Inspector Sarah Housden. She will determine whether it has been positively prepared in accordance with the relevant legal requirements.
The next stage of the Local Plan examination has been reached. A six week period of consultation is underway from January 4th to February 15th in accordance with evidence base documents relating to provision for Gypsies and Travellers. The consultation is run under the direction of the Inspector Sarah Housden. Any comments on the documents which can be found on the NEDDC website can be made by responding to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs). They can be viewed by following this link.
Hearing sessions on the MIQs are set for 13-15th March. Written representations carry the same weight as comments made at the Hearings.
At the previous Hearings held in November and December, the Civic Society joined forces with the Dronfield Greenbelt Residents Group to present evidence regarding whether the Plan met the exceptional circumstances test necessary to make any changes to the Green Belt. The Council is proposing to remove three parcels of land to accommodate 475 extra houses in Dronfield within the first ten years of the Plan. We argued that the town’s infrastructure would not be able to cope. There would not be sufficient school places and medical facilities would need extra provision or extension. We put forward that there were errors within the Green Belt Review which had initially assessed parcels as robustly meeting Green Belt purposes; yet they were subsequently allocated for housing. The spatial strategy of the Plan also came under scrutiny.
To view the evidence base documents and hearing statements, please follow this link.