Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Lib Dems Call For Urgent Review into NEDDC’s Planning Process

Consultation, Environment, Housing
Following recent controversial planning decisions by North East Derbyshire District Council, N-E Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Hancock has called for an urgent investigation into the integrity of the Council’s planning process. Recently, in Tupton, a controversial housing development was approved by the Planning Committee despite concerns raised over highway access and other infrastructure related issues. On the Hunloke Estate (also part of the Tupton Ward) plans for a Travellers’ Site on a children’s play area were submitted to the Planning Inspector as part of the Council’s Local Plan. NEDDC then attempted to withdraw the site following concerns raised over highway access from the A61, claiming that they hadn’t realised the proximity to the Hanging Banks development – despite both being around the corner from the NEDDC offices! Councillor…
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LETTER: Lib Dem’s slam inappropriate location for travellers site in Wingerworth

LETTER: Lib Dem’s slam inappropriate location for travellers site in Wingerworth

Community, Consultation
Dear Neighbour You may be aware that the piece of land on the corner of Greenway is currently being considered for use, by the Labour-run District Council, as a traveller site. Presently; the District Council is trying to rush through its local plan because of pressure from the Conservatives’ overly aggressive planning policies; which is leading to inappropriate over development of our area and poorly considered planning decisions like this. While I’m sure you will agree that there is a need for proper travellers’ sites; these sites need to be in the right locations to accommodate the needs of both travellers and existing residents. The site is expected to hold 4 caravan plots; which will require access off the A61. The Lib Dems don’t believe that Greenway is an appropriate…
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Tupton: Proposed Ankerbold Road Development

Tupton: Proposed Ankerbold Road Development

Consultation, Housing
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tupton, David Hancock, has again called on the Council to reject the current planning application from Northwood. In a public statement, Cllr Hancock said: The proposed development of the field on Ankerbold Road has become a topic for discussion again following revised plans being submitted. Firstly, I will lay out my position unequivocally. Where housing is both affordable and sustainable I will support it. The truth is that the proposed Ankerbold Road development is neither. I have seen NEDDC and members and supporters of the controlling Labour group suggest that the proposed development is to provide adequate housing for our children and grandchildren. I genuinely wish that was true - but these are not starter homes. The plans are available online for anyone to verify the…
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Consultation, Environment, Representation
Fracking is a divisive subject. Some support it, some do not; and many people remain to be convinced by either argument. The Liberal Democrats believe that there are sufficient renewable energy sources - solar, wind and water - without needing to resort to such invasive techniques as fracking. However, both pro and anti fracking campaigners, along with those who remain undecided, are appalled by the latest government announcement that it intends to "streamline" regulation to accelerate the planning application process for fracking development. The planning application process exists for a reason. It's there to allow everyone impacted by any development to have the opportunity to raise any objections they may have; to allow proper scrutiny of the potential impact a development will have on communities, infrastructure, the environment and local…
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Local Plan Failure

Local Plan Failure

Consultation, Housing, Representation
Two Derbyshire councils have hit back after the Government publicly criticised them for failing to produce important housing documents. Bosses at North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have been told they have ten weeks to explain why they have not yet published Local Plans. Ministers may even intervene to produce the statutory documents for the Labour-led authorities - which insist they are already addressing the matter. North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Local Party Chair, Ross Shipman said: "Labour have a lot of questions to answer on the failure to provide adequate housing plans. "Their lack of preparation on what is an important document that outlines what sort of houses are needed and where those houses are going, means we are left with developments that are the wrong type…
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Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Community, Consultation, Traffic, Transport
Local Liberal Democrats in Clay Cross, Tupton, Grassmoor, Wingerworth and Holmgate have launched their campaign to introduce 20 mph speed limit zones in the centre of their towns and villages to reduce speeding. Speaking about the campaign, Cllr David Hancock said: "This is one of the biggest issues local people have raised with us during the County Council elections; so we thought we would start our campaign to drum up as much support as possible before we approach Derbyshire County Council for some assistance in making this a reality." Lib Dem Campaigner, Sam Jones added: "I live in Clay Cross and we have major problems with people speeding along roads such as Thanet Street and High Street; both of these areas have children crossing them on their way to school…
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2018 Boundary Review – Second public consultation begins

2018 Boundary Review – Second public consultation begins

Consultation
Second round of public consultation begins.. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) will once again be asking the public to help shape plans to change Parliamentary constituency boundaries as it opens its second consultation today (28 February). In Derbyshire we are expecting to lose ONE seat and in particular North East Derbyshire is under threat as a constituency. What does this mean for the whole England? The law requires the 600 constituencies to be allocated to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales using a specific distribution formula known as the ‘Sainte-Lague method’, and the number of Parliamentary electors as at 1 December 2015. Applying this means the number of constituencies in England will reduce from 533 to 501 in the 2018 Review. We felt it was important to mirror the spirit…
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