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Today, we are calling for all those concerned about development in the High Peak to respond to the ‘Shaping the Future of High Peak’ policy consultation document. The deadline for making your views known is Friday 25th July 2008.

The document is crucial as it will determine how High Peak decides to pursue development projects in future years. Those who love the unique character of the Borough need to respond to the consultation. It needs to be made clear to the Authority that the designation of any more countryside, greenfield or garden sites for development in any future plan is unacceptable. Furthermore, the Council should refuse to collude with any central or regional government objectives that cannot be achieved without violating this principle, irrespective of any financial carrots that are being dangled by central government to obtain its cooperation.

‘Shaping the Future of High Peak’ can be viewed online in a number of formats here. You can respond to it by the usual methods, but also online using a special form which can be found here.

However, it is not just greenfield sites that concern use. We have seen sites such as Rossington Park and Bridge Mills in Hadfield spring up, and although these were Brownfield sites, they are clear examples of types of development that are inappropriate and clearly not wanted by local people. We are also opposed to the seemingly widespread policy of squeezing large housing developments into relatively small parcels of land. Such schemes are proliferating all over the Borough and need to be checked.

We welcome requests for help and information from concerned residents. Some of us have skills, knowledge and expertise in opposing unnecessary development and we are keen to hear from people who want to learn what we can offer them.