Brackenfield residents draw up plan in attempt to prevent unnecessary developments

Residents in a small North Derbyshire village are coming together in an effort to prevent un-necessary housing developments there.

A referendum on the 'Neighbourhood Plan' is set to take place on 5 September 2019. It is aimed at protecting historic buildings and the environment 

If approved, the Neighbourhood Plan will provide the framework against which future planning decisions will have to be decided and a plan for the Parish’s future development up to 2034.

The vision refers to a “thriving community where people can feel safe and can enjoy healthy and fulfilled lives”. The vision also refers to environmental considerations, in particular, “a peaceful, rural environment which is settled within the landscape and where wildlife habitats, archaeological features and traditional architecture are protected and enhanced.”

The vision is underpinned by ten objectives relating to: scale and design of development; protection of the natural environment; tranquillity and dark skies; historic environment; community safety and movement; sustainable transport; promotion of the local economy; community facilities; and tourism enterprises.

Speaking about the Plan, Keith Purvis, a member of the Steering Group, said: “I believe the plan sets out a clear direction for the area over the next 15 years and it has my support.“

In his report, the Independent Examiner praised the Plan saying: “The quality of the Brackenfield Heritage and Character Assessment 2018; the Brackenfield Important Views Report 2018; and the Brackenfield Local Character Buildings, Structures and Sites Report 2018 is worthy of particular note.

The attention to detail and care that has been taken to record and analyse the characteristics of the Plan area is an example of the very best practice. These documents very adequately evidence the choices made in formulating the Plan policies and will be invaluable in assisting Plan implementation.”

Having a Neighbourhood Plan gives us the opportunity to ensure that any development that takes place preserves the special character of the Parish. Not having a Plan means that residents will have little influence over the type of development that takes place within Brackenfield Parish”.

The referendum, which is open to all people on the electoral register in the Parish, is a simple yes/no question.

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