‘Sites should be separated’

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Campaigners against plans for up to 50 houses on land at South Darley which borders the national park are urging residents to attend a meeting where councillors will be considering them and show their strength of feeling.

Members of campaign group Save Our Snitterton Fields are concerned that the site, which was originally a separate entry in Derbyshire Dales District Council’s local plan, has now been joined with another separate site - the old Permanite Asphalt site just to its east.

The two sites have been put forward for inclusion in the district’s local plan - a document which sets out the council’s policies for the future development of the Derbyshire Dales and which will be voted on by the Local Plan Advisory Committee on Wednesday next week.

Taken both together, the two sites would increase the number of houses to 100.

A spokesman for Save Our Snitterton Fields said: “The Local Plan Advisory Committee is being asked to present the development on Snitterton Fields as a separate item, but it is unclear as to whether this will take place before the meeting on July 27 when the committee will be asked to vote on inclusion of developments in the final local plan.

“We are hopeful that they will listen to the public requests and it will be separated but we have not had any clarification of this.”

“We need people to turn out for meeting on July 27 to show the strength of feeling against these proposals.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire Dales District Council said: “Permanite will be treated as a separate site and this will be confirmed at our Local Plan Advisory Committee on Wednesday next week. The aim of this meeting is to agree a pre-submission draft of the Local Plan to go out to further public consultation from August 11 to September 22, supported by public meetings in Ashbourne and Matlock, so there is still time for people to have their say.”

The Local Plan Advisory Committee will discuss the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan at County Hall, Matlock, on Wednesday next week at 6pm.

To view planning officers’ assessments of both sites, visit www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/planning-a-building-control/local-plan-2015-16 and click on evidence base.

To find out more about the campaign to stop the development, visit www.saveourfields.org.