Belper Neighbourhood Plan

The Localism Act 2011 was passed to encourage decisions to be made by local people instead of everything being decided by remote Borough or District Councils. The Act introduced Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning.

In April 2014, Belper Town Council decided Belper should have its own Neighbourhood Plan covering the whole of the Civil Parish of Belper. This includes Belper, Belper Lane End, Milford, Makeney, Broadholme, Blackbrook, Farnah Green etc.

Much of the Parish is within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and this will have a significant impact on the Plan.

The Draft Plan is almost ready for public consultation. It has been considered by the Borough Council and it has asked for a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Plan. This needs to be completed before the Plan can go out for the statutory six week public consultation. We anticipate that this will now be in January 2019. You can see a current draft of the Plan below.

The Plan has received funding from Locality, the Town Council and the Big Lottery Fund.

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Town Council approved the Pre Submission draft Neighbourhood Plan on 10 July 2018. The Plan has been updated since then. Version 8 is available by clicking the links below.

The Plan has been considered by AVBC and it has recommended a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is being commissioned and the Plan will be amended in light of the assessment and AVBC comments and will then be published for the six week statutory consultation, likely to be toward the end of November 2018.

Part 1

Part 2

Membership of the Working Group

The Working Group is made up of 4 Belper Town Councillors and 9 members of the public. Members of the Working Group have been allocated the following roles-

Working Group Officers


Cllr Peter Hurst

Vice Chair

Katie Harris

Finance Officer

Cllr Tim Sutton

Communications Officer


Minutes Secretary

Wendy Mitchall

Plan Editor

Christine Blake

Working Group Facilitators

Andrew Huskinson

Roger Shelley

John Morrissey

Paul Terry

John Porter

Cllr Gary Spendlove

Cllr David Smith


The Neighbourhood Working Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Up coming meetings can be viewed here.

Members of the public are invited to attend the Working Group Meetings, and can speak if they wish. Please view the Town Council's public speaking guidelines

Agenda and Minutes of the Working Group

Agendas - Agendas are published three working days before the meeting and can be found here.

Minutes - The approved Minutes of the Meetings can be found here.

Related Documents

Please follow the links for related documents.

Housing Needs Assessment 2016


DVMWHS Management Plan

Belper Heritage and Character Assessment

Site Assessment Report 2018

Site Viability Modelling 2018

AVBC SEA Screening determination