Tag Archives: Planning

Where’s the Derbyshire Dales leadership?


I came away from the Neighbourhood Plan meeting in the week feeling thoroughly deflated and despairing for local democracy. I am beginning to feel the helplessness that people have expressed in Scotland and are beginning to do so in towns … Continue reading

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Why I Blog


Whenever I mention that I blog to non-bloggers I get two responses. The first is to ask why and the second is to wonder how I have the time. The second is easier to answer than the first.

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Housing and Employment matter to us


Well done Ashbourne! I knew you wouldn’t let me down. I opened the door in the Town Hall to be confronted with a full house – around 70 people – and the ever-sprightly Jeffrey Phillips beginning his presentation. The evening’s … Continue reading

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When we practice to deceive


In my opinion, our daily High Street is the most important part of Ashbourne’s heritage. In a hundred year’s time our Georgian frontages could be destroyed by planners but could still be restored to former glory through investment and sensitive … Continue reading

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Misleading advertising: John D Collins and Associates


In July 2013 John Collins, from a Planning Consultancy named John D Collins and Associates placed a double page centre spread advertisement in the Ashbourne News Telegraph. He also wrote a letter spelling out his views. His explanation was that … Continue reading

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2014 – the year of the Town’Ard?


It’s a time for looking forward. Ashbourne had a rough year last year. Not much went right for the town. Decisions about our future were made which defied belief and it would be tempting to fall into the “there’s nothing … Continue reading

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The perfect market town? (revisited)


  Some time ago I wrote a blog about the kind of place I wanted to live – the Ashbourne of my imagination. I didn’t go for some chocolate-box idyll but rather sketched a vibrant, happy town. As a counterbalance … Continue reading

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