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Time to get involved in the neighbourhood plan

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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A RALLYING call has been made across Ashbourne to encourage residents to get involved with the formulation of its neighbourhood plan.

A town council-backed steering group has been set up to help ensure the town can comfortably fit large future housing developments, which have been flooding in while district councillors prepare the area’s new planning policy under the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan.

Members of the group, which is working alongside the Derbyshire Dales District Council, will be holding events in the town to collect thoughts and ideas on how to minimise the impact of the hundreds of homes that could arrive in the coming years and the next event takes place tomorrow.

Vice chairman of the steering group Darren Archer, who is also a town councillor, said: “These houses are coming, there’s nothing we can do about that, but with the neighbourhood plan we will start off with these consultations and ask questions about what everyone feels we need in the town to make sure the developments benefit Ashbourne and are not to its detriment.

“The district council is in a bit of a hole with the Local Plan but at the moment they are the best people to get us out.

“While the local plan lays out the bones of what future developments we want, our neighbourhood plan will put the meat on the bones.”

A deadline is approaching to designate the area which will be covered by the town’s local plan which has led to a call for people from neighbouring parishes to get involved and help shape the boundary.

People living in Osmaston, Yeldersley, Wyaston, Bradley and Clifton could be affected by applications and the steering group wants to hear views from residents.

The drop-in event takes place tomorrow at Ashbourne Town Hall from 6pm until 8pm.

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