A Neighbourhood Plan in the making


Sounds dull – but isn’t!

Come to a Public Meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday February 19th. The doors open at 7.30pm and the meeting starts at 8.15pm.

A Neighbourhood Plan has been started and when you know what it is, YOU WILL WANT YOUR SAY. So read on……

Since the planning laws have been revised, broadly speaking any developer can buy any land and put up buildings as long as they comply with the current Derbyshire Dales local plan and the building regulations. That is, UNLESS we have a Neighbourhood Plan in place to say what WE want done in this area of land, inside the boundaries of the Parish of Kirk Ireton. This plan when made will have power in planning law.

Over the next 15 to 20 years there will be changes. We can’t say no to everything. However…

A Neighbourhood Plan is OUR CHANCE to shape the developments that we want and need to happen.

First we have to decide on what we want our community to look like in 20 years. We make a Vision Statement. It is vital that we all contribute our ideas and come to an agreement in broad terms about our future community.

Then we steer through a series of hoops; mapping, gathering evidence, creating a profile of the present community, matching our plan against present law, consulting widely and recording who has been consulted, drafting final proposals and submitting the final plan.

The Plan has to pass two formal tests: an independent inspection that checks the plan for legality, and a referendum of all the eligible voters in the parish.

The whole process will take about a year. Anyone who lives, works and/or runs businesses here is asked to offer skills and expertise to complete the task.

So far work has begun with a small setting-up group. This is just a starter group and is open to new members at any time. The setting-up group have been meeting over the autumn in the Village Hall, supported by Rural Action Derbyshire;

Here is their draft of a Vision Statement. Do you agree?

Neighbourhood Plan
A Vision statement for Kirk Ireton

Kirk Ireton is a place that has a caring and active community and which takes care of children, older people and is safe for everyone. A place that offers a suitable mix of dwellings and people to sustain a school, a pub, a shop, a church and a chapel.
It is a village that makes provision for people to work in the parish with good communications and is a place where future development considers both the landscape and villagers’ access to it.

Do you agree?


EVERYONE who lives and works in the village (or parish) is cordially invited to a meeting in the new year –

Public Meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday February 19th. The doors open at 7.30pm and the meeting starts at 8.15pm.

to hear more about the plan and to help make it happen

Come along to the February Meeting to hear more and contribute ideas on the future look of Kirk Ireton Parish. Make sure you tell your neighbours and get them to come along too. Free glass of wine and nibbles to all (over 18s).

For more information, offers of help and news of the meeting,
Contact Nick Delves on 01335 370 038 or Jan Hall

One thought on “A Neighbourhood Plan in the making

  1. Dear Nick/Jan,
    I am afraid I am only a visitor to Kirk Ireton – not a resident. We visited your truly lovely village on 26th October 2014 – my daughter Sarah was really taken with it – we had never been there before. We were tracing the last place where Miss Annie Sybil Cooke (1895-1971) lived – she has a plaque inside the base of the church tower and lived at Lowton House – I took photos of all these. Miss Cooke was quiet and unassuming in Kirk Ireton but she was a very important figure in the early history of the County public library system in this country – she was the first County Librarian of Gloucestershire and then the first County Librarian of Kent 1921-1943 – sadly I could not find her grave in the churchyard. The current owner of Lowton House also comes from Kent as he was born in Dartford (I did not catch his name).
    Concerning your local plan – as an outsider and visitor I do not have the views of residents – but I do have the perspective of a visitor to your parish. In my view Kirk Ireton needs to maintain itself as a living place and not a retirement village or a place for wealthy commuters (I have no idea if that is a fair or accurate description) – so your need for a pub, shop and living church is essential. As a visitor Kirk Ireton can benefit from tourism – but a balance needs to be struck as Kirk Ireton must not become a Southend or it will destroy the reason people like me come. I do guided walks here in Kent – perhaps you should do these and this gain visitors who might stay locally but then move on – these people will be your witnesses and “shock troops” against massive estates being tacked onto the village. We love Kirk Ireton as it is and any expansion must meet with the most strict terms and conditions e.g. height, style, building material – and any development needs to be small and not overwhelming the character of this truly lovely place. On our visit we were struck with the buildings, the little greens and the layout – and its location in very attractive countryside – it reminded me of my childhood and seeing these places illustrated in children’s books I read – the perfect community – so appropriate for a person like Miss Cooke to have lived her last 12 or so years – I hope you receive a visit from the Mobile Library by the way!
    I am sorry if this is too long and of no relevance – but at least you know you have a supporter in Kent who is not a “Nimby” – and that is always useful in evidence given to planners.

    Best wishes to the village and to your plan,
    Christoph Bull

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