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Planning in Derbyshire

Planning for future development in Derbyshire and dealing with planning applications is done by a number of different councils. Which council deals with the aspect of planning that you're interested in depends on where you live.


We're responsible for minerals and waste planning throughout the county, apart from within the Peak District National Park or Derby city, both in terms of preparing plans and dealing with planning applications.

We also deal with applications for our own development, such as development on school sites.

The district and borough councils within the county, but outside the National Park, deal with local planning policy and with the majority of planning applications for housing, commercial, industry, shopping and leisure development.

We work closely with the district and borough councils, providing expert advice on issues such as ecology, highways and landscape and design when required.

Planning Services - Statement of Community Involvement 2021

Section 18 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) (as amended) requires that the County Council prepare a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

The purpose of the Statement of Community Involvement is to explain to local communities and stakeholders how they will be involved in the preparation, alteration and review of Local Plans and also in the determination of planning applications. We have a role as a strategic consultee in respect of planning applications dealt with by the District/Borough Councils in Derbyshire as well as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

The previously adopted Statement of Community Involvement (2006) has been revised and updated to reflect statutory requirements and best practice as well as explain all aspects of the Council’s Planning Services function. The revised Planning Services - Statement of Community Involvement (2021) was approved on 1 December 2021.