The Liberal Democrats will lay out our position unequivocally; where housing is both affordable and sustainable, we will support it.
The truth is that Labour’s local housing plans are neither.
It is vital for both current and future residents that adequate infrastructure is in place ahead of any development in North Derbyshire.
There are over 12,000 houses proposed in Labour’s local plans and already approved speculative developments across North Derbyshire. These plans will have significant impacts on our schools, GP services and roads.
These problem developments are why the Liberal Democrats propose building away from already overloaded roads, and we will avoid having large scale developments in or close to existing settlements.
The Liberal Democrats have opposed Labour’s local plans by submitting motions and formal objections.
The District Councils are now trying to rush through their local plans because of pressure from the Conservatives’ overly aggressive planning policies and Labour’s failure to get their plans produced on time; which is leading to inappropriate over development of our area and poor planning decisions.
Our priorities in the next four years will be:
- Replace the local plans in North East Derbyshire and Bolsover – Our solution is to investigate building a new settlement in each district with appropriate amenities to meet the needs of its residents.
- Protect the greenbelt; by first using up all brownfield sites, then looking at greenfield sites which do not encroach on existing settlements.
- Exercise existing powers to bring back almost a thousand homes into use which have been empty for at least 2 years.
- Work with neighbouring authorities and organisations to look at how the District Council can collaborate to reduce homelessness in our area by making use of best practices.
- Prioritise social and affordable housing by enforcing the minimum allocation in the planning framework while encouraging developers to include over and above that. Additionally, no Council land will be sold off for anything other than these types of properties.
- Undertake a review into the Councils’ planning procedures to restore credibility to the process.