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Quick Guide to Planning

The Role of the Local Authorities

   North East Derbyshire District Council

Planning applications, outside the National Park, for housing, commercial, industry, shopping and leisure development are received and determined by the principal authority, North East Derbyshire District Council.

All applications are publically available on a weekly basis. District Councillors will have received prior notification of applications in their ward.

Planning Applications can be viewed on-line

or by visiting the Council Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 6NG

The District Council has to meet targets for determining planning applications which are set by central government - between 8 and 12 weeks.

Over 90% of decisions on applications are made by Officers. The remaining 10% are determined by the Planning Committee.

2   Derbyshire Council Council

Derbyshire Council Council is responsible for minerals and waste planning throughout the county, apart from within the Peak District National Park or Derby city, both in terms of preparing plans and dealing with planning applications. DCC also deal with applications for its own development, such as development on school sites.

3   Eckington Parish Council

Eckington Parish Council is a statutory consultee in the planning process. They can comment on an application but the principal authority makes the decision.

A list of valid applications is received by the Clerk on a weekly basis from NEDDC, generally on Monday.

Planning Applications is a standard item on the monthly Parish Council Agenda.

he Role of the Individual

All valid planning applications are available as outlined above. You will be notified automatically if you live in close proximity to an application site and a notice will be posted in the local area.

If you wish to comment on an application, either to support or object, you can do so on-line or in writing.
You can contact your District and/or Parish Councillor to discuss an application.

You can come to a Parish Council meeting and raise a planning issue in Public Participation.

If a decision is to be taken at NEDDC Planning Committee you can request to speak at the meeting. You will be allowed 3 minutes.

Representations on Planning Applications carry more weight if they are based on planning grounds and are considered 'material'.

Material considerations can include (but are not limited to):

• Overlooking/loss of privacy
• Loss of light or overshadowing
• Highway safety
• Parking
• Traffic
• Noise
• Effect on listed building and conservation area
• Layout and density of building
• Design, appearance and materials
• Government policy
• Disabled persons' access
• Proposals in the Development Plan
• Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions) 
• Nature conservation

However, issues such as loss of view, or negative effect on the value of properties are not material considerations.
For further help

The Eckington Tenants and Residents Focus Group, in association with The National Lottery Funding and Eckington Parish Council, have joined forces to provide information and beautiful scenic walking routes and paths for the avid walker. Following the link provided will provide you with information as well as maps and historic facts about the several walking areas provided. The Parish staff have worked extremely hard to ensure these walkways are safe and pleasant for visitors and we hope that you will enjoy the efforts made. The Eckington Parish area has such beautiful surroundings, so why not get out and explore it!  Please visit (opens in a new window) for more information.
We have been forwarded some information from BIG Lottery Fund that may be of interest to you. Details below:

We have launched a new programme offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local communities.

There is a new application process which links from our website (below). The initial online part enables you to download the short application form which when completed you must send back along with a recent bank statement.

Could you please spread amongst your networks, there are no deadlines but it is on a first come first served basis and the programme will close when the budget of £3.875m has been allocated.

If you have any further questions about the programme, please contact the Big Advice Team in the first instance on 03454 102030.

Kind regards

Matt Rowe
Funding Officer (Local)
BIG Lottery Fund                                                             
Office   -  0115 872 2968
Mobile  -  07817 616707                                                          
4th Floor, Pearl Assurance House, Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6BT
Recent Devolution Deal Information

A major consultation drive has been launched across the Sheffield City Region to ask all residents and businesses how the new powers the area will get under Devolution should be used.

The Devolution Deal gives the region £1.3 billion to spend over the next 30 years. The Deal offers new powers and funding to improve infrastructure, transport, skills, housing and other drivers of business growth.

To access these powers and this funding, some changes are required to local decision making structures. These include giving locally elected Leaders and a directly elected City Region Mayor new powers, drawn down from Government who will work closely with Local Authorities and business leaders.

It is believed the Deal will enable the creation of 70,000 jobs and 6,000 new businesses and public meetings are being held across the region. The one closest to our District is as follows:

    Public exhibition at: Chesterfield Market Hall (Unit 14), Market Place,
            Chesterfield on Friday 15 July between 9.30am - 4.00pm

It is important that as many people as possible have their say on this Deal, so please go along to this exhibition and have your say, but if you are unable to attend, then you can make your views known online. Further details can be found on the Sheffield Devolution website:

Do you require funding for your group or project? Click here and scroll to page 18 to find out about the different organisations that can provide funding for a range of projects and uses.
Funding organisations include The Big Lottery Fund, Gregg’s Foundations Local Community Project Funds, University of Derby Community Fund and more.
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