TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Peak District National Park Authority planning chief who has died.
John Herbert, of Sheldon, near Bakewell, passed away aged 70 earlier this month after a battle with cancer.
Mr Herbert had been a member of the authority’s planning committee since 2007 and its chair for two years.
Cllr Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “John will be very sadly missed.
“He was a staunch champion on behalf of local people.
“He put up an immensely brave fight against his illness and continued to make an enormous contribution to the national park which he loved so much.
“There was no-one more conscious of the importance of the local voice being heard at the authority.
“We have him to thank for a happier relationship between the planning department and local people.”
A former journalist, Mr Herbert for the BBC.
He finished his career as a professor of journalism at the University of Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent.
Mr Herbert is survived by his wife, Margaret, thier twin daughters and son.
Mr Herbert’s funeral will take place at Sheldon Church at 1.30pm tomorrow. Everyone is welcome to attend.