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 has been reviewed as to its Environmental Impact. The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is available to read below in the Related Documents Section below. The Neighbourhood Plan has been amended in light of the SEA and is now ready for full pubic consultation.


The Pubic Consultation runs from Thursday 21 March 2019 to Friday 3 May 2019.

Many organisations and community groups will be contacted directly asking them to complete the questionnaire for their comments.

We will be holding public meetings over the period.

On Tuesday 2nd April , 7pm at No 28 , Market Place.

On Saturday 6th April 10 am till 12.30 pm at Town Council Offices , St John's Chapel.

On 13th April 9 am till 1pm , Stall on Belper Market.

If any other group wishes to hear from us we would be happy to try to attend.

Hard copies of the draft Document and the questionnaire will be available at Belper Library and the Town Council office [please ring first, 01773 822116].

There are 23 policies in the NP on which to comment . We don't apologise for that , we gathered the public views and co-ordinated them with the policy requirements knowing Belper is a complicated , beautiful place , which is why we have tried to get it right for now and the future.


Please click on this link

Anyone who would like help to complete the online form please contact us by email; or come to one of the public meetings.

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 12 March 2019. This Draft - version 9 - is the Consultation Version. The Consultation Version of the Plan is available below.

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 Katie Harris

Vice Chair

Cllr John Porter

Finance Officer

Cllr Mary Dwyer

Communications Officer


Minutes Secretary

Wendy Mitchall

Plan Editor

Christine Blake

Working Group Facilitators

Andrew Huskinson

Roger Shelley

John Morrissey

Paul Terry

Tim Sutton

Pete Hurst

Liz Page


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

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Non Technical Strategic Environmental Assessment


Click below for the Newsletters

January 2019

Neighbourhood Plan Photographs

Sarah Longdon - winner of the NP photograph competition

Sarah Longdon

Alex Newton

Frank Smith

Frank Smith

Joy Meakin

Joy Meakin

Joy Meakin

Marcus Chalkin

Marcus Chalkin

Neil Haywood

Susan Graham

Tracy Drake

Tracy Drake

Tracy Drake

Tracy Drake

Tracy Drake

Tracy Drake