Have your say on Peak planning policies

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RESIDENTS, community groups and businesses are being asked for their views on proposed new planning policies for sustainable buildings and renewable energy in the Peak District National Park.

The Peak District National Park Authority is running an eight-week public consultation on the draft Supplementary Planning Document from Monday June 11 to Sunday August 5.

The authority wants all new development in the national park to have as low an environmental impact as possible, while safeguarding the special landscape, traditional buildings and heritage of the national park.

The draft document gives people guidance on how to achieve that through the planning process, emphasising the primary need to reduce energy use with insulation and energy-efficiency measures.

It also gives guidance on suitable renewable energy solutions for the national park environment, as well as conserving natural resources such as water and reducing flood-risk.

Recent advances in technologies are covered, such as roof-based solar photo-voltaics and solar water heating, hydropower, wind-power and ground and air source heat pumps. And it looks at more complex systems such as producing energy from farm waste using anaerobic digestion.

Chair of the national park’s planning committee John Herbert said: “This is an important policy document and we need your help so that together we can finally shape these policies. We have a real commitment to encouraging sustainable development and renewable energy in ways that won’t harm our special landscape and its valued characteristics.

“These policies go right to the heart of ensuring a sustainable future for the national park while protecting its special qualities. That should be important to us all and that’s why we want your views.

“Lots of people have already been involved from community interest groups to farmers, planning agents and conservation bodies. Everyone, including those who made comments on the original draft, can now help us again. We are very keen for comments from parishes and local councils as well as from local residents. All your comments will help us in our planning process.”

People can read the draft document at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/consultations and give comments from June 11 - August 5 by email to policy@peakdistrict.gov.uk or in an online survey. They can also write to Brian Taylor, policy planning manager, at Peak District National Park HQ, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.

Paper copies are available for free inspection at national park HQ (address above) and at Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Staffordshire Moorlands, Cheshire East, Sheffield and Kirklees council offices.

Anyone with queries should phone 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk