A group of residents in Belper have begun work on a neighbourhood plan which they hope will set out how the community wants the area to develop over the next ten to 15 years.
Meetings have been taking place throughout the summer about the plan and now a steering committee has been tasked with drafting a document which will reflect the views of local people.
The plan, which would cover the Belper, Milford and Blackbrook areas, will seek the views of local residents, business people and landowners during a consultation period, before the final plan is voted on in a referendum which would be held in May 2017.
During the consultation residents’ views will be sought on issues such as new housing development, leisure and transport facilities, opportunities for retail and employment, as well as more generally on how local people think the area should feel as a place to live and work.
Nearby Ripley has just voted emphatically in favour of a similar plan which the town council there believes will give them much better protection against unwanted development.
The plans are a response to Amber Valley Borough Council’s failure to agree a comprehensive local plan, and other areas such as Chapel-en-le-Frith in High Peak have already been able to use theirs to turn down development that is contrary to what local people want.
If you want to know more about the plan or get involved in drafting the document, you can contact the group via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.