Derbyshire Dales withdraws draft local plan

A Derbyshire council has withdrawn its draft local plan from the examination process after a planning inspector flagged concerns over housing targets in the document.

Derbyshire Dales: draft local plan withdrawn
Derbyshire Dales: draft local plan withdrawn

In July, inspector Keith Holland raised concerns about whether Derbyshire Dales District Council’s local plan either met the housing need of the area or complied with the legal duty to cooperate.

Holland decided the 4,400 dwellings the council estimated should be built in the period 2006-2028 was more than 2,000 homes short of what was needed.

Derbyshire Dales has now said it has withdrawn the current plan.

In a report to a council meeting last week, corporate director Paul Wilson said the council would have to take "a few steps back" in the local plan process, meaning adoption of a local plan for the Derbyshire Dales was probably 18 months away.

He said: "The council will be unable to resist applications for housing development in the interim unless any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of providing land for housing."

Council leader councillor Lewis Rose said national planning policy "is demanding a radical solution to meeting the housing needs of the country with the target nationally to more than double the current rate of house building".

He added: "While we totally understand our residents' desire to protect, as far as possible, greenfield sites from development, we now have no choice but to re-submit a plan that satisfies government policy and meets its perception of the future housing needs of the Derbyshire Dales.

"We are not alone in having to face up to this predicament and we are under no illusions that the outcome will undoubtedly displease some of our residents, but we are in the unenviable position of trying to reconcile the strongly held views of local people with a pro-growth national planning policy framework".


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