Part 1 - Initial Draft (February 2015)
3. VISION & OBJECTIVES
3.1 By 2031, everyone in North East Derbyshire will enjoy a high quality of life, with residents, businesses and visitors all benefitting from what the District has to offer.
3.2 The District will have accommodated sustainable growth whilst the distinct character of different areas and communities will have continued to be preserved and promoted, creating safe, integrated and healthy communities by:
- growing the local economy to create stability and prosperity, supporting businesses regenerating the most deprived areas, and sharing in the economic benefits of regeneration and sustainable growth in the wider Sheffield City Region and D2N2 area; encouraging rural diversification that recognises the District’s tourism assets;
- providing new housing with a range of house types and tenures, local employment opportunities and accessible services to meet needs;
- requiring high quality design in new development which addresses climate change, creates a sense of place and improves the local quality of life, and reduces the potential for crime and anti-social behaviour;
- protecting and enhancing the natural, built, and historic environment;
- protecting and creating open spaces to provide accessible green infrastructure and biodiversity networks which promote healthy lifestyles and provide realistic alternatives to the use of the private car.
3.3 In the South of the District, Clay Cross will have secured its economic revival, founded on its proud heritage, and will have strengthened its role as a service centre for the surrounding network of villages. Flagship projects such the former Avenue and Biwaters sites will have delivered imaginative new developments to improve the local environment, enhancing facilities and providing employment benefits for nearby local communities.
3.4 In the East of the District, sustainable growth in jobs and housing will have capitalised on the area’s location close to the M1 motorway and the development of the business and distribution park with Enterprise Zone status at Markham Vale.
3.5 In the North of the District, Dronfield as the Principal Town, and Eckington and Killamarsh, will have consolidated their role as the main retail and service centres, maintaining the functions of the Green Belt, with quality developments providing much needed affordable housing for local people.
3.6 In the West, opportunities for tourism and farm diversification will have brought economic benefits to the District, strengthening its role as the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’, helping to secure the area’s economic viability, whilst continuing to protect the high quality and open nature of the countryside. Targeted housing and employment development will have continued to support the vitality of rural villages and services, and provided affordable housing.
D1 Sustainable Growth: To support sustainable growth which brings about regeneration in North East Derbyshire, recognising the housing and employment needs of a growing population, supporting businesses, and seeking to narrow the gap between the more deprived areas and the more affluent areas, so that everyone benefits from living in the District.
D2 Sustainable Communities: To support communities across the District and aiming to meet the needs of all people, by promoting social inclusion, providing or maintaining social and cultural facilities, and improving personal health and well being.
D3 Green Belt: To preserve and enhance the general area of the Green Belt and so protect the essential characteristics of the Green Belt.
D4 Settlement Identity: To protect the separation and identity of local settlements
D5 Climate Change Mitigation: To reduce the causes of climate change by minimising carbon emissions in new development and supporting the transition to a low carbon economy.
D6 Climate Change Adaptation: To adapt to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather conditions by promoting sustainable design and ensuring that new development is located away from flood risk areas.
D7 Sustainable Design: To create a safe, sustainable environment by ensuring that new development is well designed, supports sustainability principles, delivers timely infrastructure and uses opportunities to redevelop previously developed land to assist the restoration of derelict and unstable land
D8 Environmental Protection: To protect and enhance the District’s locally, nationally, and internationally important landscape and the wider natural and historic environment and industrial heritage.
D9 Landscape Character: To protect and enhance the character and quality of local landscapes.
D10 Affordable Housing: To deliver significant amounts of affordable housing to reflect identified need.
D11 Jobs & Training: To improve employment opportunities and, where possible, seek to ensure that education and training are better related to skill shortages.
D12 Tourism: To support the District’s tourism economy by developing assets such as the Chesterfield Canal and strengthen the District’s role as the gateway to the Peak District National Park.
D13 Green Infrastructure: To recognise the value of open space within communities and to protect and, where appropriate, expand an integrated network of green infrastructure
D14 Traffic & Transport: To address the impact that relatively high levels of traffic, high car dependency and limited public transport facilities have on the social, economic and environmental state of certain parts of the District.
D15 Transport Network: To maintain and improve long distance transport connections associated with the strategic road and rail network, fostering links with Sheffield City Region and authorities to the south through sustainable transport infrastructure.
D16 Countryside Access: To support measures which ensure access to the countryside by walking and cycling, to reduce congestion on local roads and improve health.
D17 Strategic Co-operation: To recognise potential cross boundary issues arising from new strategic development, and ensure a co-ordinated approach to delivering sustainable growth, working with neighbouring authorities and other partners in a constructive way.
D18 Local Amenity: To ensure that housing and employment growth takes place in a way that protects local amenity and does not undermine environmental quality.
N1 To ensure the viability of the 3 towns of Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh by supporting improvements compatible with their local employment, retail and service functions and reflecting the scope that exists for physical change within their centres.
N2 To protect the Green Belt from inappropriate growth, facilitating development that meets local needs without promoting levels of development that would result in substantial increased commuting to the Sheffield/Rotherham conurbation.
N3 To encourage proposals that support countryside recreational pursuits, particularly those involving the provision of linear routes and the reinstatement of the Chesterfield Canal.
N4 To give careful consideration to local flood risk issues when determining new development especially in areas of higher risk, such as around Renishaw.
N5 To improve the quality of employment land and address infrastructure deficiencies to allow expansion, including at Callywhite Lane
W1 To encourage growth in existing large settlements in order to maintain a level of service provision to meet their own needs and those of their hinterlands.
W2 To encourage public transport linkages from rural areas to settlements offering service provision.
W3 To preserve the open nature of the countryside, having regard to its proximity to the Peak District National Park.
W4 To allow opportunities for farm diversification/tourism, particularly where this will help secure the future economic viability of the area.
W5 To support the provision of affordable housing in suitable locations.
S1 To support the settlements in their regeneration initiatives by ensuring that housing and employment are delivered alongside appropriate infrastructure and community facilities and widening the skills base of local residents.
S2 To secure the economic regeneration of Clay Cross through supporting development which strengthens its role as a service hub and promotes its unique historic character.
S3 To recognise the role of key employment areas, including Chesterfield and the former Avenue and Biwaters sites, as being pivotal in the regeneration of the sub area, ensuring sustainable and high quality design.
S4 To protect the general area of the Green Belt between Chesterfield and Wingerworth and Grassmoor recognising the importance of protecting green space in preventing the coalescence of these settlements.
S5 To safeguard identified open areas around settlements which contribute to defining settlement identity and character
E1 To recognise the role that the east of the District, particularly around the A632 corridor, can play in providing housing and employment, through site allocations, to support regeneration along the M1 corridor, including around the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone.
E2 To support the regeneration and remediation of previously developed land in order to support sustainable growth, working with partners and neighbouring authorities to ensure effective delivery and enhancement of the wider area.
E3 To ensure that key historic assets including Hardwick Hall, Sutton Scarsdale Hall, and Bolsover Castle continue to be protected.
E4 To support new development with necessary infrastructure, and take full account of land stability issues.
E5 To ensure that any negative environmental impacts arising from the development of the HS2 railway line are effectively mitigated.