Work on the new Baslow Woodland Park has been hampered by the Peak District National Park Authority’s insistence that the new woodland park does require planning approval.
The Baslow Woodland Park’s working party and residents, alike, had made significant progress with the various elements of the new woodland park and it was anticipated that the new bike track (the first stage of the creation of the new community resource) would have been open by Easter 2016.
The parish council understood that they were within their own rights to create the new community amenity, which has the support of the village, without the need for planning, especially as there are no change of use or any associated issues. However, the National Park Authority made it clear to the parish council that a planning application had to be submitted.
Since the Baslow & Bubnell Parish Council sent in the planning application in early February all work on the park has stopped and work can only resume on-site as and when the scheme receives planning consent.
A decision is expected after 6 April 2016.
Details of the planning application can be read here.