Countryscape ran a series of workshops to inform development of the High Peak Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), making sure the document accounted for the views of stakeholders and local people. The first event was held at the start of the project and set out to discover how stakeholders valued the landscape and what they recognised as the key social, economic and environmental issues across the Borough. This was followed by a second workshop towards the end of the project, which consulted the same stakeholders regarding the content and design of the SPD.
Countryscape worked with the Planning Co-operative on a Countryside Agency Demonstration Project, which aimed to translate the principles of the Derbyshire Landscape Character Assessment into criteria-based policies, forming a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The project was supported by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park Authority.
The planning document gives clear policy advice that can be easily understood by applicants and officers alike, to make sure that future developments help to keep the High Peak and its landscapes special. Hilary Senior, Senior Planning Officer, High Peak Borough Council