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Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan is primarily for use when making planning decisions. If a change is proposed within Dronfield then North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) must refer to the Neighbourhood Plan to ensure that the proposals are in keeping with its policies. However, Dronfield has chosen to use this opportunity to set out a vision for the town and identify a number of projects which will improve it and create a better future for residents and visitors.

Dronfield sits within the North East Derbyshire District which as a whole is currently subject to the development of a Local Plan. In addition NEDDC commissioned a report entitled Dronfield 2035 which developed a vision and strategy for the town centre. Dronfield's Neighbourhood Plan acknowledges the vision, objectives and strategy of the Local Plan and the Dronfield 2035 document. The Town Council however wished to create a plan which specifically addressed the needs of the town.

In July 2016 a Steering Group was formed, chaired by the Leader of the Council. By September 2016 Dronfield was officially designated as a neighbourhood area for the purposes of Section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

During early 2018 a series of consultation events were held as part of an informal consultation process on the emerging plan. The Plan is now being amended in the light of feedback comments made. A revised version is expected shortly.

The Town Council very much welcomes comments and thoughts by residents, landowners, developers and local community and business organisations or anyone else with an interest in how Dronfield develops.

To comment on the Neighbourhood Plan please email joanne.mitchell@dronfield.gov.uk

Dronfield Neighbourhood Plan (Version 13)

Evidence Base

A list of the supporting evidence base can be seen below with links to the relevant website or documents, where available.

DCLG National Planning Policy Framework, 2012
2005 North East Derbyshire District Local Plan
Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulation 2012
2017 CEBR The Best Places to Live and Work – 2017 update
NEDDC Draft Local Plan 2017
2011 Census
Public Health Marmot Indicators 2015
School Performance Tables
Settlement role & function study 2013
Localism Act 2011
Green Belt Infrastructure Study 2012
NEDDC Green Belt Functionality Study – Final Expanded Report 2014
Areas of Multiple Environmental Sensitivity 2013,Technical Support Document 1, Derbyshire County Council
The Landscape Character of Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council 2013
Historic Environment Study, The Constrained North, November 2012 Final Draft
NEDDC Green Infrastructure Plan
Moss Valley Biodiversity Study (DCC Countryside and Natural England, 2005
UK Biodiversity Action Plan
Landscape Character Descriptions, Derbyshire County Council 2015
The Habitat Creation Guide for Lowland Derbyshire
Housing Needs Report, North East District Council
Dronfield 2035: A Vision for the Town
Transport Studies report NEDDC
NEDDC Town Centre Health Check 2013
Retail Capacity Study 2008
NEDDC, Dronfield Conservation Area Character Statement, May 2000
- Part One
- Part Two
NEDDC, Dronfield Woodhouse Conservation Area Character Statement, November 2002
- Part One
- Part Two
- Map
NEDDC, Coal Aston Conservation Area Character Statement, November 2003
- Part One
- Part Two & Map
The Old Dronfield Society, Explore Dronfield, Heritage Trail No.1, Dronfield Old Town, 2016
The Old Dronfield Society, Heritage Trail No. 2, The Drone Valley, 2016
David Hey, Medieval and Tudor Dronfield, Books at the Barn, 2015
David Hey, The Houses of the Dronfield Lead Merchants, Books at the Barn, 2015
Barry Joyce, Gordon Michell, Mike Williams, Derbyshire Detail and Character, Alan Sutton, 1996
Dronfield Civic Society, Dronfield Conservation Area, 2017
Clare Hartwell and Nicholas Pevsner, Derbyshire, Pevsner Architectural Guides, Buildings of England, Second edition, 2016