A chance to talk to planners at Castleton

Peak District National Park planners will be answering residents’ queries at an evening planning surgery in Castleton.

The National Park Authority has organised the planning surgery from 5pm to 7.30pm at Castleton Visitor Centre in the Hope Valley on Wednesday, May 2.

These sessions are an opportunity for residents to get general planning advice, or to discuss a development that may affect them, or suggest ideas on how planning could improve communities.

People can either book an appointment on 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk or they can just drop in and be prepared to wait.

Senior officers will offer planning guidance, and planning committee chair John Herbert will also be there to hear people’s general comments about planning.

He said: “Planning surgeries make it easier for residents to have a face-to-face discussion about any planning queries they may have. It’s often difficult for working people to talk to officers in normal office-hours, and going out to local communities makes it more convenient for them.

“It also gives me an extra chance to meet people on their own patch and hear from them first hand of any suggestions they might have for our planning processes. It is one of the reasons I enjoy being present at planning surgeries and I am looking forward to this one in Castleton.”

Officers will be able to discuss general property improvements, alterations, changes of use or new building ideas, but not an individual’s current planning application.

The authority has run planning surgeries since 2008 in local communities across the national park.

Alternatively a duty planning officer is available at the national park’s HQ, Aldern House, Bakewell, any weekday between 9.15am and 11.45pm. Otherwise people can seek advice on 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk

General information about planning issues in the national park is available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning