Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) is delighted that Ripley Neighbourhood Plan has passed its formal inspection and will now go forward to a referendum, open to everyone in the neighbourhood area who is eligible to vote. RAD played a part in the production of The Plan, acting as consultants to the steering group from June 2013 to September 2014, and helped to ensure that it was 'properly made' and fit to go to inspection.
If The Plan is approved by voters, it will become the official 'Ripley Neighbourhood Development Plan' and all planning applications made in the Ripley township would be assessed against it. This means that the criteria chosen by local people will decide planning applications, instead of those in the Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC) Core Strategy. The Ripley Town Council states this will result in fewer housing developments that AVBC are proposing, and provide full protection of green spaces, water courses and woodland throughout the township.
RAD has extensive experience working with communities throughout Derbyshire and can advise community groups and Parish Councils in all areas of community engagement and consultation. For more information either email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01629 592970 or 0845 3138800.