Crich Parish Council

Serving the people of Crich Parish

Clerk RFO: Carolyn Jennings
Glebe Field Centre, Glebe
Field Close, Crich, Matlock
Derbyshire DE4 5EU

Tel: 01773 853928

Welcome to the 'Neighbourhood Plan' Page

Crich Parish was designated a Neighbourhood Area on 12 February 2015. Since that time a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group comprising Parish Councillors and other volunteers from the local community have been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

Progress to date

The Neighbourhood Plan preparation process has been firmly based on thorough and extensive consultation of local people and businesses. This has included a household questionnaire distributed to every address in the Parish, public meetings, exhibitions, stalls in the Market Place, and focussed consultation with local groups and organisations including the local schools. Many people kindly participated, not least joining the working groups that explored and developed policies relating to key topics. An intensive six week long period of consultation was held ending on 1 May 2017. All submissions made have been carefully considered and adjustments made to the draft plan accordingly.

In particular care has been taken to meet and co-ordinate with Amber Valley Borough Council who are preparing a Local Plan for the Amber Valley District. This resulted in an adjustment to the Neighbourhood Plan to reflect the Borough Council proposals for development adjacent to Woodside, The Common, Crich. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group undertook a further specific consultation in this respect leafletting all households in the Parish and holding an exhibition and meeting.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are most grateful to all those residents and local businesses that have input to the plan preparation process.

The latest version of the Neighbourhood Plan and all the supporting documents can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Plan website at

Recent progress and next steps

Following our submission of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan, Amber Valley Borough Council organised a six-week period for representations that closed on 3 November 2017.

Amber Valley Council then sent the Plan to an Independent Examiner who confirmed, subject to minor modifications, that the Plan meets all the requirements set out in legislation. Amber Valley Council has agreed the Independent Examiner's recommendation that the plan should go to a local referendum.

The referendum will be held on Thursday 19 July 2018.

The voting arrangements are the same as at any election.

Residents will receive a polling card inviting them to vote at their normal local polling station. Anyone who is already registered to receive postal votes will receive voting papers in the post as at other elections. If you are not already registered to have postal votes for elections and would like one for the referendum, because you will have difficulty attending the polling station or will be out of the area on referendum day, (a reason does not have to be given), this can be arranged by contacting Amber Valley Council Democratic Services online, or on 01773 841633, no later than Tuesday 3 July.

If more than half of votes cast are in favour then the plan will be 'made' and become part of the Development Plan for the area and be used in deciding if planning applications should be approved or not.

The Parish Council encourages everyone to use their vote in this important referendum regarding the future of our area.