PARISH councillors in a village near Ashbourne have applied to designate their surroundings as a ‘neighbourhood area’.
Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council has applied under the Localism Act to redesignate the village and parish, which will enable the councillors and residents to steer the village’s growth plans.
By applying for the designation in writing to the Peak District National Park Authority the parish council has taken the first step in developing a neighbourhood plan which can become part of the statutory development plan for the Peak District National Park.
Councillor Lesley Roberts, who chairs the National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: “I am delighted that the community of Hartington has made this move and welcome the opportunity to work closely with local people to identify ways to achieve their ambitions. Neighbourhood planning is all about bringing people together to influence the future of the places they live and work in.” People who live or work in the area are invited to comment on the application by Friday December 21, when a decision on whether to accept the application will be made by the authority.
The application letter and a map of the proposed neighbourhood area can be viewed online at www.peakdistrict.
gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans or by calling 01629 816200