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Eighty per cent of planning applications are approved

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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THE Peak District National Park Authority has published a report looking at its performance in applying national park policies when dealing with planning applications and appeals.

The Local Development Plan Annual Monitoring Report shows that almost 80 per cent of the 1131 planning decisions made between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, were approved.

In the same period, the authority achieved a success rate of 74 per cent on planning appeals.

These statistics suggest that the majority of development in the national park is in line with local and national planning policies, designed to safeguard the Peak District’s protected landscape.

Under the Localism Act 2013, planning authorities no longer have a statutory requirement to produce an annual report for the Government, although there is still a duty to monitor.

However, the authority has produced the report to share its performance with the local community.

John Scott, Director of Planning, said: “We are sharing the monitoring report with the public as part of our continuing improvements to planning services.

“Producing this document gives us the opportunity to look back on the decisions we have made and gauge our performance in applying policies that help us respond positively to the constant changes in society and the economy, and to care for this protected landscape.”

The Annual Monitoring Report 2012-2013 is available from www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/supporting-documents

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