Monday, December 4, 2023

Draft Neighbourhood Plan Available For Belper Residents

The draft Neighbourhood Plan and the supporting reports are now complete and are available on the new Belper Town Council website.

A spokesperson from the NP4B Working Group said: “This is not the “polished version” but we had to publish it in time for it to be available to the recent hearings for the Amber Valley Local Plan and also the appeal hearing for the Belper Lane planning application this week.”

It will be considered at the full Town Council Meeting on 10th July.

Members of the Working Group will have a stall at the Food Festival on Sunday 8th July. It will give residents a chance to get an update on what happens next and ask general questions about the plan.

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders. (RTPI)

The team are also running a Photographic Competition which closes on the 31st July.

The rules are:

Pictures should be of landscapes and sightlines in Belper Civic Parish that you value. The picture should be taken from publicly accessible land, and may be digital [ camera, phone, tablet] or conventional photography, but it must be as good quality as you can get.

You can submit up to a maximum of 3 pictures, by email to or posted to NPlan4B, St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper.

Unfortunately, they cannot return the prints.

Please include your name and contact details, and indicate whether you are 16 or over.

There will be 2 prizes, £25 for over 16’s and £15 for under 16’s. By submitting your name you are agreeing to have your picture reproduced and credited in the finished Neighbourhood Plan document and its publicity. Contact details will be erased after the competition.

They said: “We have already got some unusual and interesting contributions and it’s not too late to send in your own.”

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