Peak office exemption

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The Peak District National Park Authority is to apply for an exemption from the Government proposals to allow offices to be converted to housing without planning permission.

The Department for Communities and Local Government announced on January 24 that it would allow offices to be converted to housing without planning permission from the Spring. It gave planning authorities until February 22 to apply for exemptions.

The Authority’s planning committee decided to apply for an exemption for the whole national park as it believes it would harm the area’s economy while not helping its shortage of affordable housing.

Planning committee chair Cllr Lesley Roberts said: “The national park has only limited office space and we want to protect it for the sake of local jobs for local people.”