Local Plan 2016

Please note the Pre Submission Local Plan Consultation has now closed. The closing date was Thursday 14 December 2017 at 4.30pm.

Local Plan Update

Amber Valley Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan, which will set out a vision and a framework for the future development of the Borough up to 2028. The Local Plan will include policies and proposals to address needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure, as well to safeguard the environment.

Following the publication of the Draft Local Plan and supporting documents for public consultation in March 2017, a number of representations were received. The Borough Council has considered these representations, together with other updated information and has made a number of changes to the Draft Local Plan.

The Pre-Submission Local Plan, which is a statutory requirement under the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, is the document that the Borough Council considers ready to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. The purpose of the independent examination is to consider if the Local Plan is:

a) Legally compliant – that it has been prepared in accordance with statute and regulations;
b) Sound – that its content is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national planning policy.

In accordance with the 2012 Regulations, the Pre-Submission Local Plan and supporting documents have been published for a period of 6 weeks up to Thursday 14 December 2017. Copies of the Pre-Submission Local Plan and supporting documents can be viewed below.

A number of evidence documents have been used to inform the content of the Pre-Submission Local Plan, these can be viewed by clicking here

Copies of the Pre-Submission and supporting documents are also available to view at the following locations during normal opening hours:

  • Alfreton Library
  • Belper Library
  • Duffield Library
  • Heanor Library
  • Mackworth Library
  • Ripley Library and Town Hall (AVBC Offices)
  • Somercotes Library

The Pre-Submission Local Plan is the last opportunity to make representations on the Local Plan, prior to the examination process. Any representations should relate to legal compliance and soundness, as set out above and will be forwarded directly to the independent Inspector to be appointed by the Secretary of State, who will consider them as part of the examination process.

Further guidance regarding legal compliance and soundness can be found by clicking here.

The use of a standard representation form is strongly recommended, as this will ensure that any representations can be related to matters of legal compliance and soundness, which will be the basis of the independent examination.

Please note that copies of all representation received will be made available for the public to view and cannot be treated as confidential. Personal data will however be processed and held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Representation may be accompanied by a request to be notified at an address/email address of any of the following: 

  • That the Local Plan has been submitted for independent examination
  • The Publication of the recommendations of any person appointed to carry out an independent examation of the Local Plan
  • The adoption of the Local Plan

Please note however that given the anticipated high number of representations, it will not be possible to acknowledge receipt of representations, other than those submitted using the online form, unless specifically requested.

Please not that all representations must be received by no later than 4.30pm on Thursday 14 December 2017.

For further information please contact the Local Plan team at ldf@ambervalley.gov.uk or on 01773 841584.


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