Peak bosses meet Government’s chief planner

Government chief planner Steve Quartermain (centre) met national park officials
Government chief planner Steve Quartermain (centre) met national park officials

The Government’s chief planner visited the Peak District today (Thursday) to meet authority officials and discuss planning issues.

Steve Quartermain, who has a special responsibility for links to national parks, met Peak chiefs to discuss issues such as affordable housing, economic growth and planning reforms.

“National parks have special functions to conserve the landscape and are protected by legislation, but there is always a balance to be struck in making sure there are houses for residents, places for businesses to work and looking after the environment,” he said.

Last year, the authority approved 88 per cent of planning applications.

For planning advice in the national park call 01629 816200 or go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning.