PEOPLE living in South Derbyshire are being invited to have their say on how the district grows over the coming years.
Drop-in sessions run by South Derbyshire District Council will give residents the chance to comment on the authority’s Local Plan – the document which will shape development of all kinds for the next 20 years.
Six of these events are to take place over the coming weeks, in a bid to allow people to quiz planning bosses about the proposal and review any changes which have been made since the last consultation.
In a report due to go before the council’s Environmental and Development Services Committee tomorrow, staff say: “This stage is a final opportunity to comment on the Local Plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. It is concerned with the robustness and soundness of the plan.”
Around 1,400 comments were received during the last public consultation in the autumn, and some of the suggestions put forward there have now been incorporated into the proposals.
Though there has been no major changes, some areas have been tweaked, including the way in which potential development sites are allocated housing.
More than 13,400 houses will be built in South Derbyshire over the next few decades. A total of 2,500 of these are to help Derby City Council meet its Government targets, as it cannot within its boundaries.
More focus has also been put on waste and use of resources, the authority said.
Documents detailing the changes are available to view on the South Derbyshire District Council website, and the meetings where issues can be discussed will take place as follows:
The Old Post Centre, Newhall, from 2.30pm until 7.30pm on March 17; Aston Heritage Centre, from 2.30pm until 7.30pm on March 19; Hilton Village Hall, from 3.30pm until 7.45pm on March 26; Repton Village Hall, from 2.30pm until 7.30pm on March 28; Rosliston Village Hall, from 2.30pm until 7.30pm on April 4; Church Rooms, Church Gresley, from 2.30pm until 7.30pm on April 8.