LOCAL PLAN: Potential building sites allocated for Matlock area

Derbyshire Dales District Council, Matlock
Derbyshire Dales District Council, Matlock

Over 30 sites have been provisionally allocated for building sites across the Dales, with Darley Dale to take the brunt of new homes.

Derbyshire Dales District Councillors have selected 18 sites in the central district for new homes, and a further 13 in the south.

Residential sites include seven locations in Darley Dales, five in Matlock, two in Northwood and four more in Wirksworth, Cromford, Tansley and Darley Bridge.

Following the provisional selection process from the initial homes target, the council will now open up a six-week public consultation on the sites to begin in April.

The decision meeting on Wednesday, January 20, the District Council’s Local Plan Advisory Committee follows the provisional allocation earlier this week of 13 residential sites in southern areas of the Dales - four in Ashbourne, three in Brailsford, three in Doveridge and three in Hulland Ward.

A District Council spokesperson said: "31 sites in total go forward to the next stage of drafting a Local Plan to guide local development in the Dales up to the year 2033.

"The District Council, which does not control planning in northern areas of the district within the Peak District National Park, aims to submit a final Local Plan for Government approval by the end of 2016 having last week set a provisional housing target of 5,847 new homes for the period 2013-33.

"Of these, 2,000 have already been built or have the benefit of planning permission. It is anticipated a further 400 new homes will be built by 2033 in parts of the Derbyshire Dales that lie inside the Peak District National Park."

This means that designated development sites, once approved, will need to accommodate the majority of around 3,500 new homes over the next 17 years to keep up with a predicted population growth of 8.4 per cent and economic growth that could see around 1,700 new jobs delivered across the district.

The Local Plan will control and guide development in the Derbyshire Dales during the Plan period, while protecting the special environmental qualities of the district. An earlier version of the Plan was withdrawn at the end of 2014 after a Government Inspector ruled that the 4,400 new homes target was 2,000 short of what was needed.