The NEDDC Local Plan has been unpaused.
The pause has now been lifted on the Local Plan. This means that the Examination process will now proceed towards another consultation based on the modifications from the Inspector.
The Plan has been paused for several months while the new administration at NEDDC considered their options within a legal framework which was already advanced. The Inspector gave the Council three options to consider. They were to continue with the process, revisit the evidence base documents considering any new circumstances or withdraw the Plan.
Cllr Alex Dale has explained why the Council has chosen to proceed. You can read the full statement by the Council by clicking here.
Cllr Alex Dale wrote:
Since my update last year, the Council has been working really hard on the options presented by the Inspector and carefully considering and assessing the possibilities and consequences open to us at this late stage in the process. From all the legal and planning advice the Council has had, it’s clear that we’re bound in a legal framework and the only way forward to try to secure the removal of further green belt allocations at this late stage in the process is to un-pause the plan and continue the Examination.
The Council has written to the Inspector to do so today (27.02.2020) and the Plan will now proceed to the next consultation. The consultation is required in order for the Inspector to formally remove the large previously allocated Green Belt sites at Coal Aston and Eckington and her proposal to reduce the size of the allocation at Chesterfield Road, Dronfield. The important thing to note is that this will also give local Councillors, campaigners and residents another chance to have their say in urging the Inspector to go even further in pulling the remaining green belt sites out of the Plan.
As with previous consultations, we’ll be hosting public meetings with Lee Rowley as our MP, delivering thousands of residents’ letters to encourage people to respond to the consultation and of course submitting our own comprehensive objections.
Do get in touch if you have any questions or want to discuss anything in the meantime though.
Dronfield Civic Society will keep you informed of important dates on the consultation through our website and Facebook.