Consultation Draft (February 2017)
3. VISION & OBJECTIVES
3.1 This chapter sets out the Plan's underlying thinking. It consists of a Plan vision together with a set of accompanying strategic objectives. The Plan's vision sets out how the area and places within it should develop over the long term, as well as providing a clear framework for the Plan's policies.
3.2 In 2015 the Council published its Corporate Plan 2015 – 2019 following consultation with local community organisations. The Corporate Plan sets out the direction which the District Council would like to take, setting out a vision together with four main aims to help create a more vibrant and sustainable North East Derbyshire. The Council's Corporate vision is that with a focus on the key aim of unlocking the district's growth potential:
"North East Derbyshire will be a place that is clean and attractive, a place where people are proud to live and work, where they will prosper and are safe, happy and healthy".
3.3 The following vision for the Local Plan builds on this corporate vision and its growth aspirations, setting out how the Plan area will develop by 2033.
Local Plan Vision
"By 2033, 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."
3.4 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. This will be achieved by:
- growing and diversifying the local economy to create stability and prosperity, supporting businesses and regenerating the most deprived areas;
- sharing in the economic benefits of regeneration and sustainable growth in the wider Sheffield City Region and D2N2 Local Economic Partnership area's;
- encouraging rural diversification that recognises the District's tourism assets;
- providing new housing with a range of house types and tenures which meets the needs of a growing and ageing population;
- requiring high quality design in new development which addresses climate change, creates and maintains a sense of place, improves local people's 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.
3.5 In the North of the District, growth and expansion of the towns of Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh, will have met the development needs of communities in the northern part of the district helping to deliver much needed affordable homes, and regenerate and renew their towns' centres. In planning for growth new high quality housing will have successfully integrated itself into these settlements minimising its impact upon the strategic functions of the Green Belt, and creating strong defensible boundaries for the future.
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. Some limited housing and employment development will have continued to support the vitality of rural villages and services, and provided affordable housing.
3.7 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 as at the former Avenue and Biwaters sites will have delivered imaginative new developments to improve the local environment, enhancing facilities and providing employment benefits for local communities.
3.8 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.
Local Plan Objectives
3.9 The following strategic objectives have been derived from the key issues identified in the spatial portrait and will help deliver the Plan's vision and guide development across the plan area to 2033. The objectives set out in more detail how the vision will be achieved providing a link between the key issues set out in Chapter 2, and the individual policies of the Plan in subsequent chapters.
D1 Sustainable Economic Growth:
To facilitate development and ensure sufficient land is made available that will support the growth of the local economy bringing about economic 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.
D2 Jobs & Training:
To improve employment opportunities and, where possible, seek to ensure that education and training are better related to skill shortages.
To support the District's tourism economy by developing assets, such as the Chesterfield Canal, and by strengthening the District's role as the gateway to the Peak District National Park.
D4 Sustainable Communities:
To support communities across the District and meet the needs of all people, by promoting social inclusion, providing or maintaining social, cultural, sport and recreation facilities, and improving personal health and well being.
D5 Housing for All:
To meet the objectively assessed housing needs of the District ensuring there is an adequate mix of housing types, sizes and tenures to meet the needs of all sectors of the District's communities.
D6 Green Belt:
To protect the general area of the Green Belt and the purposes of including land within it taking account of the need to promote sustainable patterns of development across the District.
D7 Settlement Identity:
To protect the separation and identity of the District's settlements by identifying key areas of countryside where development should be restricted.
D8 Addressing Climate Change:
To address, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change on people, wildlife, and places by increasing energy efficiency, promoting renewable energy generation, matching the vulnerability of land uses to flood risk, and managing surface water in the most sustainable way.
D9 Design and Place Making:
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
D10 Heritage Assets:
To protect and enhance the District's distinct historic environment and industrial heritage including Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, archaeological sites and other locally important heritage assets.
D11 Natural Assets:
To recognise the value of natural assets by protecting, enhancing and expanding North East Derbyshire's network of green and blue infrastructure including its distinctive landscape character, open spaces and nature conservation sites in part by supporting opportunities to improve countryside access.
D12 Sustainable Transport:
To increase the opportunities for travel using sustainable forms of transport by securing improvements to public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure particularly to maintain and improve connectivity with the main urban areas within the Sheffield City Region and to the south and east of the District.
D13 Local Amenity:
To ensure that housing and employment growth takes place in a way that protects local amenity and does not undermine environmental quality.
D14 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.
N1 Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh Town Centres:
To ensure the vitality and viability of Dronfield, Eckington and Killamarsh town centres by supporting improvements compatible with their local employment, retail and service functions and reflecting the scope that exists for physical change within them as defined through the Regeneration Frameworks.
N2 Countryside Recreation:
To encourage proposals that support countryside recreational pursuits, particularly those involving the provision of linear routes and the reinstatement of the Chesterfield Canal.
N3 Employment Land:
To improve the quality of employment land in the north of the District and address infrastructure deficiencies to allow for the expansion of existing sites, such as at Callywhite Lane, Dronfield.
W1 Strong and Vibrant Communities:
To facilitate sustainable growth in settlements in the West of the District in order to support a level of service provision to meet both the settlement's needs and those of the wider area; elsewhere development will be limited.
W2 Countryside Character:
To conserve the character of the countryside, having regard to its proximity to the Peak District National Park.
W3 Diversifying the Rural Economy:
To encourage opportunities for farm diversification and tourist related activities, particularly where this will help secure the future economic vitality and viability of the area.
S1 Clay Cross Town Centre:
To secure the economic regeneration of Clay Cross through supporting development which strengthens its role as a vibrant and successful town centre with a good range of everyday services and shopping requirements, and which promotes its unique historic character.
To recognise the role of key employment areas, including Chesterfield and the former Avenue and Biwaters strategic sites, as being pivotal in the successful regeneration of the sub area.
To recognise and support the role that the east of the District, particularly around the A632 corridor, can play in delivering growth in supporting regeneration along the M1 corridor, including strategic sites and priority areas around the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone.
E2 Land Remediation:
To secure 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 Environmental Quality:
To ensure that any negative environmental impacts arising from the development of the HS2 railway line are effectively mitigated.