MP wants ‘clarity’ from council to stop ‘speculative’ planning applications

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North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley is calling on council leaders to clarify their planning policies to prevent ‘speculative’ applications by developers.

The Conservative MP has written to the leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Councillor Graham Baxter, requesting ‘urgent clarification’.

Mr Rowley claimed the influx of these types of planning applications was a result of the district council failing to put a plan in place outlining where new homes could be built.

In response, Coun Baxter said Government targets for houses were not ‘realistic’.

“For too long, the district council has let down residents in north east Derbyshire by not sorting out their planning policies,” Mr Rowley said.

“That has meant hugely inappropriate planning applications being made by developers who think they can build in our area given the council has been asleep on the job. This needs to stop.”

Mr Rowley is now requesting the district council provides clarity on what it will and will not allow to happen in the future and make the policy public.

In his letter to the Labour leader of North East Derbyshire District Council, Mr Rowley wrote: “Given that the five-year housing land supply has now been achieved, residents across the district would welcome a clear steer on how the council will be amending its planning approach and policy in the period until it, finally, gets a local plan in place.”

In response, Coun Baxter said: “Our local plan is being developed by a cross party steering group who are aware of the issues the MP raises and of the expectation of the Conservative government that a sound local plan is required that demonstrates significant housing growth.

“A response will be provided to the MP on the points he has raised and we will continue to determine planning applications in line with our policies and Government guidance.

“We are well aware of the need to protect the character of our area and have done all we can to do this, however the Government’s expectations and targets for housing place significant pressure on our ability to continue this.”

He added: “As such we’d welcome any moves by the MP to seek a revision to Government policy so that the expectations for north east Derbyshire are realistic and in keeping with those of our residents.”