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Belper Neighbourhood Plan Working Group c/o Belper Town Council, The Butts, Belper, Derbys. DE56 1HX

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Meetings and presentations of the 1st draft of the Neighbourhood Plan

It was decided at the meeting with our planning consultant Helen Metcalfe that the 1st draft of the Neighbourhood Plan needs to be radically different to that envisaged by the group, and that she would be sending us details of how it needs to be presented and additional information on what needs to be done to make the plan legally binding.

A redraft of the Neighbourhood Plan was discussed at a meeting on Tuesday 13th February. The Working Group were told by Helen Metcalfe that they still had a lot of work to do to get a legally binding Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The next meeting of the Belper Neighbourhood Plan Working Group will be on Thursday 15th February at 7:30 p.m.

St Johns Chapel, The Butts, Belper DE56 1HX.

The public are welcome to attend all meetings of the Working Group

All future meetings will be listed on the new Town Council website.

World Heritage Status and what it means for Belper

All land in England & Wales has a legal status. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group were told by Derek Stafford, Head of AVBC’s Planning Department that World Heritage Status is the highest status of all.

World Heritage Status can only be granted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) upon application by the national Government for the site.

All planning applications in a designated WHS have to be advised to the WHS Steering group who will consider the impact the planning application has on the WHS. If their opinion is not respected by AVBC or the person making the planning application, the issue will go to a Public Inquiry. A Government Inspector will be appointed to run the inquiry and his/her decision will be made in line with the National Planning Policy Framework and is effectively final. AVBC and the applicant have to comply with the finding of the Inquiry, whatever the decision is.

A World Heritage Site can be put on UNESCO’s Endangered WHS list if a planning application is passed that compromises the Outstanding Universal Value of a World Heritage Status of the site. This will cause a major embarrassment to AVBC, and cause a loss of tourism to the site and money into the local and national economy. Many visitors to World Heritage Sites come from abroad.

The Belper Neighbourhood Plan Working Group is a Belper Town Council committee that is run under BTC Standing Orders. Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings of the Working Group and there will be an opportunity for residents of Belper to speak to the Working Group for up to 3 minutes towards the end of the meeting.

Next scheduled meeting of the Working Group is Thursday 15th February 2017