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Planning policy

Planning policy helps give the local context for making decisions on individual planning applications.


This policy is published in Local Plans and supporting documents. Plans set out a vision for how an area will develop and change over time, as well as being a guide for future development. Local planning policy is used alongside national planning policy guidance to balance the interests of communities, businesses and environmental protection.

We are responsible for preparing the Minerals and Waste Development Framework. The Minerals and Waste Development Framework sets out planning policies for how much future minerals and waste development will take place in Derbyshire (outside the Peak District National Park) and where it will be located. The Minerals and Waste Development Framework and its planning policies will be the main basis for determining minerals and waste planning applications. All policy decisions on the Minerals and Waste Development Framework are taken by the cabinet.

We also work with district and borough councils and the Peak District National Planning Authority on their Local Development Frameworks. The district and borough councils and the National Park Authority deal with local planning policy and most planning applications for housing, commercial, industrial, retail and leisure development. We work closely with the district and borough councils and the National Park Authority, providing expert advice on issues such as ecology, highways, landscape, design, infrastructure and other county-wide planning matters when required.