Opportunities for the public to make representations to the District Council on the Core Strategy document closed on Friday 13 July 2012. Officers have now prepared a report to be received by the Local Development Framework Working Group at 10am on Thursday 19th July 2012.
The District Council is about to decide whether to submit the Core Strategy document to the Planning Inspectorate with or without major changes.
Following comment by the Working Group, officers will present a formal report with recommendations to the main Council Meeting at 6.30pm on Wed 25 July 2012, when it is anticipated the decision will be made.
• Proposed tourism development on a large scale in the Churnet Valley without adequate public consultation.
• Laver Leisure proposals for Moneystone Quarry – much public opposition to scale and nature of the proposals.
• District Council Core Strategy – planning policy until 2026 – serious doubts about its legal compliance and soundness. Secretary of State yet to approve it.
- Two rounds of public consultation triggered a wave of public criticism of the draft Core Strategy, challenging its legal compliance and soundness.
- 12 Sep 2012 the District Council submitted the Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for inspection, at the last minute inserting a controversial document called the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), showing sites for proposed housing that had been developed in private with land owners and developers, without any consultation with the public.
- An inspector from the Bristol based Planning Inspectorate has now been appointed, to whom WAG is making representations.
• Churnet Valley Master Plan – Options Report – Just five options were put before the public for consultation none of which are acceptable.
- Overwhelming public view that only minimal development should take place in the Churnet Valley.
- The District Council is now selecting one option and writing the draft Churnet Valley Master Plan.
• Draft Churnet Valley Master Plan to be brought forward by the District Council.
• When the Core Strategy and Churnet Valley Masterplan have been approved developers are likely to make planning applications.