Part 1 - Initial Draft (February 2015)

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(12) 1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 This draft version of the Local Plan is the latest stage in the replacement of the current Local Plan for North East Derbyshire District. This draft plan includes Strategic Policies and Strategic Site Allocations.

1.2 The current Local Plan was adopted in 2005, and covered the period to 2011. The new Local Plan will cover a 20 year period from 2011 to 2031, but will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

(5) How has the Plan been prepared?

1.3 A considerable amount of work has already been undertaken on the Local Plan to reach the current stage. Work on the Local Plan (formerly known as the Local Development Framework) began in 2006. Consultation has previously been carried out on the: Issues & Options (2009), and the emerging Local Plan Strategy (2012).

1.4 In 2012, the Government introduced a new planning system for England which replaces Local Development Frameworks with Local Plans. Rather than abandon the work already done on the Local Development Frameworks and the Core Strategy and start again on the production of a single Local Plan, the Council decided to prepare the North East Derbyshire Local Plan in two parts comprising:

  • Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Initial Site Allocations
  • Local Plan Part 2: Sites & Boundaries

1.5 The current consultation covers the main element of Part 1 – the Strategic Policies and Strategic Site allocations, which is the most significant part in setting out the Plan’s Strategy and overall approach to new development, together with key policies that will be used to determine planning applications.

1.6 The draft Local Plan Part 1will include:

  • A vision for the District as a whole, and for each of the District’s 4 main towns up to 2031:
  • A Spatial Strategy for the District (which sets out how much development is needed, broadly where it should be located, when it is needed, and how it could be delivered)
  • Strategic, criteria-based policies to guide decisions on new planning applications
  • Strategic Site allocations
  • Allocations from the adopted Local Plan that are being saved until Local Plan Part 2
  • A set of targets and indicators to provide the basis for monitoring the plan’s effectiveness and indicate the need for any early review
  • A Key Diagram

1.7 The proposed strategy allocates 3 strategic sites, which have been identified either because they are considered to be central to the delivery of the Plan’s strategy and the demonstration of at least a five year supply of housing land on adoption of the Plan, or because they raise strategic cross boundary issues.

1.8 The intention is that the Local Plan Part 1 will also include site allocations to cover the period to adoption of the Local Plan Part 2, and demonstrate at least a five year supply of housing land on adoption of the Plan. At this stage, the Council is consulting on a schedule of potential housing sites, alongside the consultation on this version of the Plan. These potential sites do not form part of the draft Plan at this stage. This is not a list of preferred sites for allocation in the Local Plan. It is a range of potential sites to meet specified levels of development anticipated for each settlement. This is an opportunity for communities and other stakeholders to contribute to the consideration of potential sites prior to the selection of preferred sites. The next key stage of plan preparation of the Local Plan Part 1 will include the Council’s preferred initial site allocations. This will be informed by the results of this consultation and the ongoing Sustainability Appraisal process.

1.9 Remaining site allocations will be identified in the Local Plan Part 2: Sites & Boundaries. Any sites identified in the Local Plan Part 2 will need to be in conformity with the Local Plan Part 1 Strategic Policies and Initial Site Allocations

1.10 Together, these 2 elements of the Local Plan (termed ‘Development Plan Documents’ (DPDs)) will form the statutory development plan on which decisions on planning applications must be based. Once adopted, these DPDs will replace ‘saved’ policies in the existing Local Plan. In the meantime, policies in the North East Derbyshire District Local Plan (2005) which are saved will remain the basis for determining planning applications, in the context of national policy established by the National Planning Policy Framework.

How will the policies in the Local Plan work?

1.11 The Plan is intended to be read and be interpreted as a whole. All policies are inter-related, but where necessary, some policies include cross references to other policies.

Policy Context for the Local Plan:

1.12 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 27th March 2012. This is a key part of the Government’s reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, and to promote sustainable growth. The Local Plan must be prepared in accordance with the NPPF. The East Midlands Regional Plan was revoked on 12th April 2013

(7) Duty to Co-operate

1.13 The Duty to Cooperate is a legal requirement of the plan preparation process. Planning Authorities must address strategic issues through the Duty to Co-operate set out in the Localism Act and described in the NPPF. The Duty requires councils and public bodies to ‘engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis’ to develop strategic priorities. The NPPF (para 179) requires councils to work together to address strategic priorities and development requirements across boundaries which cannot be wholly met within their own areas.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

1.14 LEPs have been established as collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure the growth of a rebalanced local economy and to contribute significantly to the renewal of the national economy as a whole. North East Derbyshire District sits within the area covered by two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs):

  • Sheffield City Region LEP
    To the north, North East Derbyshire falls within the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which also covers the local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield
  • D2N2 LEP
    To the south, North East Derbyshire is also covered by the LEP for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (known as D2N2).

1.15 North East Derbyshire forms part of the Northern Housing Market Area, together with Bassetlaw, Bolsover, and Chesterfield.

Map 1 – North East Derbyshire in context

Map 1

North East Derbyshire Sustainable Community Strategy
Derbyshire Community Strategy

1.16 Produced by the Derbyshire Community Forum

North East Derbyshire District Corporate Plan

1.17 The Council’s Corporate Plan, entitled ‘Shaping the Future’ was developed following extensive consultation. It sets out the Council’s strategic objectives for people and places, identifying the actions needed and how they will be measured.

North East Derbyshire Growth Strategy & Action Plan (2014)

1.18 North East Derbyshire District Council, working in partnership with Bolsover District Council has prepared a new Growth Strategy which sets out the Council’s ambitions, priorities and approach that it will take to enable the growth of the local economy to create stability and prosperity.

1.19 The Growth Strategy recognises that there needs to be significant residential development over the next 10 years to meet future requirements and to achieve a better balance between future housing and workforce growth and available employment. It sets out to align with the growth plans of the LEPs, specifically Sheffield City Region (SCR) and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (D2N2).

1.20 The Growth Strategy includes as its strategic priorities:

  • supporting enterprise,
  • enabling housing growth; and
  • unlocking development potential.

The Housing and Economic Development Strategy 2015-20

1.21 The Strategy identifies key challenges and opportunities facing the District over the next 5 years. From these, it sets a range of Key Strategic Objectives which will direct the delivery of the Strategy to meet the housing and economic needs of the District. The Local Plan will have a key role in delivering many of the objectives.

Sustainability Appraisal

1.22 In drawing up a Local Plan, the local planning authority must carry out an appraisal of the sustainability of the Plan’s proposals. Consequently, a process called Sustainability Appraisal (hereinafter referred to as SA) is carried out alongside preparation of a new Local Plan. The process helps the local authority to check and consider how its emerging local plan policies may affect the achievement of sustainable development. Consequently Sustainability Appraisal may lead to changes in the plan or to additions or amendments to the plan’s policies.

1.23 Appendix 3 summarises the main stages of the sustainability appraisal process undertaken so far to inform the North East Derbyshire Local Plan, together with a summary of the key outcomes of Sustainability Appraisal including recommendations and how the emerging spatial strategy for the Local Plan has responded so far.

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