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New homes from the developer’s standpoint


There seem to be two sides to developers and their accomplices. On the one hand there are the promises of a bright future backed up by statistics and mocked-up images. On the other, the pages of the Ashbourne News Telegraph … Continue reading

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The pathway to nowhere


The developers are circling Ashbourne at the moment. The recent uplift in Planning stories in the newspaper is because there is a chink in the planning armour where the old Local Plan meets the new one. The old Derbyshire Dales … Continue reading

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Ugly…when money tries to derail local democracy


In January I posted a blog entitled “423 Homes…and now it gets Ugly”. Last week in the Ashbourne News Telegraph we had a letter from a Planning Consultant and an advertisement on behalf of his client which showed just how … Continue reading

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423 homes… and now it gets ugly


And so the saga continues. The 400 new houses for Ashbourne are still a long way off but the wrangling continues. The number has reduced from 376 to 367 due to builds already planned or underway and now looks to … Continue reading

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An explanation of the Housing Consultation issues for Ashbourne


The Derbyshire Dales consultation on where to locate 400 new houses in Ashbourne started last week. There are two issues which are under discussion: 1. Ashbourne’s Draft Settlement Framework Boundaries 2. Where 400 new houses can be built by 2028 … Continue reading

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Housing Consultation: What do the next generation think?


I grew up as a teenager in a market town with a market twice a week – Thursday and Saturday. My father was a born and bred local. My mother had lived in the town since she was in her … Continue reading

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Where we live – Option B if we really must


With 400 new houses to be built, my thoughts turn to where in Ashbourne I would like them to be. I find the thought of the need for 400 new houses difficult in the first place. Why do we need … Continue reading

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