Serving the people of Belper

Belper Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

The Referendum for the Belper Neighbourhood Plan is scheduled to take place on the 6 May 2021.

The question asked in the Referendum will be:

'Do you want Amber Valley Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Belper to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'

The Referendum Area is identical to the area that has been designated as the Belper Neighbourhood Plan Area which covers the parish of Belper.

You are entitled to vote in the Referendum if on 6 May 2021:

  • You are registered to vote in local elections
  • The address at which you are registered to vote in a local election, as shown in the register of electors, is in the Referendum Area (assuming that you are entitled to be registered at the address) and
  • You are 18 years of age or over on the day of the poll.

The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with the procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections. View further information for voters.


A number of 'specified documents' which include the Neighbourhood Plan along with other documents outlining the Referendum process are listed below.

If an elector requires further information on the Referendum, please contact the elections helpline on 01773 841632/841458 or email

Belper Neighbourhood Plan Background

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.

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

Related Documents

Please follow the links for related documents.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and related appendix below:

Secretary Of State Appeal Decisions In Belper

Bullsmoor - Appeal Ref APP/M1005/W/17/3183493 Decision Date: 11th October 2018

Belper Lane- Appeal Ref APP/M1005/W/17/3188009. Decision Date: 29th July 2020

Crich Lane - Appeal Ref APP/M1005/W/18/3204843. Decision Date: 29th July 2020

Housing Needs Assessment 2016


DVMWHS Management Plan

Belper Heritage and Character Assessment 2016

Site Assessment Report 2017

Site Viability Modelling 2018

AVBC SEA Screening determination 2018

Strategic Environmental Assessment Version 1 March 2019

Non Technical Strategic Environmental Assessment Version 1 March 2019

Lowlands Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan

Additional documents for second Reg 14

Strategic Environmental Assessment Version 2 (Update) October 2019

Non Technical Strategic Environmental Assessment Version 2 (Update) October 2019

Appendix E Public Consultation

Built Environment Map

Update letter regarding HNA Report

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

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 and Finance Officer

Cllr John Porter

Minutes Secretary

Wendy Mitchall

Plan Editor

Christine Blake

Working Group Facilitators

Cllr Richard Cannon

Cllr Mary Dwyer

Roger Shelley

John Morrissey

Paul Terry

Tim Sutton

Pete Hurst

Liz Page

Neighbourhood Plan Photographs

A picture of some trees

Sarah Longdon - winner of the NP photograph competition

A picture of a building reflecting in the water

Sarah Longdon

View across the fields

Alex Newton

A view of the countryside

Frank Smith

View down a country lane

Frank Smith

View over the fields
A view over the fields with bright blue sky
A picture of a hedgerow

Joy Meakin

A picture of the river

Joy Meakin

A flower bed in bloom

Joy Meakin

Picture of blossom

Marcus Chalkin

Silhouette of a tree at dusk

Marcus Chalkin

Looking down into the town from the hills

Neil Haywood

A picture of the bandstand taken over the pond

Susan Graham

Picture of a house

Tracy Drake

A picture of a house with a parking sign in the foreground

Tracy Drake

A picture of a grand house

Tracy Drake

A picture over a lake

Tracy Drake

Bluebells in the spring

Tracy Drake

A picture taken looking down the high street

Tracy Drake

Last updated: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 19:41