Several members of Dronfield Green Belt group took part in discussions on all 14 Main Matters considered at last November’s Hearing sessions, led by Lynne Gadsden. They worked alongside speakers from Dronfield Civic Society (led by ex-chair, John Harvey), Jeremy Kenyon -Eckington resident and Paul Johnson from Killamarsh Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion (R.A.G.E.) It was a great team effort; thanks to all the speakers, researchers and people who submitted hearing statements, shared their local knowledge, came to observe hearing sessions or gave moral support via our Facebook group. While only the Inspector truly knows how she has reached her initial findings, we can see much of the detailed information we presented reflected in her findings. It seems we made a significant difference to the outcome at this crucial stage.

Cllrs Alex Dale, Angelique Foster and Richard Welton from Dronfield Town Council also took part in discussions at several sessions between them, in support of our cause. MP, Lee Rowley, was unable to join discussions but presented arguments against the overall numbers of houses proposed across the district and against Green Belt development during a 10-minute speech. Cllr David Hancock (Tupton) joined a number of discussions, representing concerns of residents in the south of our district, but also supporting our cause regarding Green Belt proposals and poor infrastructure planning. He and local Council / parliamentary candidate, Ross Shipman, liaised with us regularly to ensure that we remained mindful of the impact of the Local Plan district-wide.