Free ‘power to the Peak people’ training

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People interested in the future of their communities in and around the Peak District are being offered a free day of training.

Friends of the Peak District is running ‘Planning and Localism: How it can work for you’ at Buxton Methodist Church on Thursday, March 22.

“The timing of this training couldn’t be better for people who really want to make a difference to their neighbourhood,” said John King, planning officer at the charity. “The Government is bringing in new ways for local people to get involved in planning, but the trouble is that not a lot of people know about what this could mean for them and where they live.”

The training day will look specifically at how people can develop new neighbourhood plans.

“These new neighbourhood plans are potentially really important. They are written by the local community for their local community, and will actually carry the same weight as the Local Authority’s Development Plan which means that any new planning applications should comply with it,” said John King. “It is potentially real ‘power to the people’ stuff!”

The training day is suitable for town and parish councillors, people working with community groups or anyone interested in planning issues and changing neighbourhoods for the better.

“But it’s not for NIMBYs. It is for people who really want to join in and contribute to finding solutions for their neighbourhoods. People will be able to protect their local playing fields or much-loved green spaces, but they will also need to work out where new developments should go,” John King added.

Planning and Localism: How it can work for you in at 11am – 4pm on Thursday, March 22 at Buxton Methodist Hall, Buxton SK17 6HX

Places are free, including lunch.

To book, contact Friends of the Peak District on 0114 266 5822 or see www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk