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One of the developments of recent planning changes has been to allow communities to develop their own Neighbourhood Plans. Here we report on what is happening in Ashbourne as they start their formal consultation.

One of the greenfield Amber Valley sites under threat of a large housing estate One of the greenfield Amber Valley sites under threat of a large housing estate

More Local Plans within the County are now being accepted or recommended for acceptance. Read our reports on the current state.

Two Dales: The CPRE Derbyshire view
CPRE Derbyshire submitted a letter of objection to the proposed development (Planning Application 15/00480/OUT) on the basis that this development would undermine the character and beauty of this particularly valued landscape and rural environment, and its potential impact on the remarkable tranquillity of the area. It is important that we try to address the tranquillity issue, particularly as CPRE national office has done so much good work on the subject.  A set of photos, taken by a local resident, shows the field with the view up to Halldale Woods, and another of the narrow country lanes adjacent to the site.
 
The Planning Committee voted against the development, against the advice of officers, at the meeting on 8th September.  We were very pleased to have been able to support the residents in their strong objections to this proposal, which, although small, would spoil the character of a very unique area.  The officers are anticipating an appeal, but we don’t have news of that yet.
 
ANFA: The CPRE Derbyshire view
CPRE Derbyshire submitted a letter of objection to the proposed development on the basis of its potential impact upon countryside of high landscape value (locally designated a Special Landscape Area) and that it would present an unacceptable extension of the settlement boundary into an area of otherwise open countryside, impacting significantly upon the setting of the village. CPRE have also expressed the view that new development should be led by the Local Plan and that this in turn should appropriately reflect actual housing needs within the area, rather than inflated targets caused by shortfalls in supply elsewhere within the District. 
 

In this section we showcase campaigns by local groups, the central arguments of which CPRE Derbyshire support and endorse. Here we report on development proposals at Gun Lane, Nether Heage.

CPRE Derbyshire has objected to a planning application (AVA/2014/0679) currently being considered by Amber Valley Borough Council to extend the existing Denby Hall Industrial Estate onto Greenbelt land.

Developers have now submitted a formal application to build 400 houses on this agricultural land off Kedleston Road in Allestree, Derby; this site has now been included in AVBC's core strategy. Developers have now submitted a formal application to build 400 houses on this agricultural land off Kedleston Road in Allestree, Derby; this site has now been included in AVBC's core strategy.

Amber Valley Borough Council has published its revised strategy.  Let us know your thoughts!

This new apartment development within the grounds of a former village school near Chesterfield utilises the same design and materials as the original school building This new apartment development within the grounds of a former village school near Chesterfield utilises the same design and materials as the original school building

Are new developments within rural areas always bad?  CPRE often objects to unsympathetic planning applications which damage rural character, but do we ever support new development?

Green fields under threat in Ashbourne Green fields under threat in Ashbourne Peter Fox

Last year there was a vigorous campaign, led by a branch member in Ashbourne, to have the preferred development sites in the Ashbourne area prioritised to brownfield sites in Derbyshire Dales District Council’s (DDDC) draft Local Plan.

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