Monday, December 4, 2023

Neighbourhood Plan Launches Local Photography Competition

Work is now progressing towards publication of the Neighbourhood Plan for Belper Civil Parish (NP4B) draft document, but the group need the help of the public in identifying their favourite landscape views.

These will help illustrate the character assessment part of the plan, and will compliment the 20 viewpoints that already exist within the parish as part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS).

These are numbers 22-41 in this document.

The Neighbourhood Plan for Belper are looking for an extra 10 new views, and their volunteers are holding a competition for your images taken in the civil parish of Belper, including Milford (a map of the boundary can be found at

Please do not choose the same views as those already identified by the DVMWHS.

Competition Rules

The rules are simple – pictures should be of landscapes and sightlines that you value – an example might be the view down King Street from the Market Place, the view from a much loved bench or something you see everyday on the way to school or walking the dog.  The picture should be taken from publicly accessible land, and may be digital (e.g. by camera, phone, tablet) or conventional photography, but it must be as good quality as you can get – as it will be judged by a professional photographer.

You can submit up to a maximum of three pictures, which can be emailed to or posted to NPlan4B, St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper (they cannot, unfortunately, return prints).  You should include your name and contact details, and indicate whether you are 16 or over, as there will be two prizes (£25 for 16 yrs and over, £15 for under 16s).

By submitting your name you are agreeing to have your picture reproduced and credited in the Neighbourhood Plan document and its publicity, and contact details will be erased after the competition.

A spokesperson said: “The closing date is 31st July, and we look forward to seeing the talent and vision of the people of Belper!”

Claire Meese


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