Planning legislation introduced in March 2012 enables communities to identify areas of open space that are particularly important to them for special protection, called Local Green Space.
To this end, Friends of Codnor Common launched a petition to bring pressure on Amber Valley Borough Council to designate this land as Local Green Space and protect it for the future.
We hoped our petition would influence the Inquiry Inspector of the appeal when making his decision.
To some extent, the Common is now designated as Local Green Space in the Ripley Neighbourhood Plan, but we believe that more land needs to be protected if we are to preserve the Common’s unique character and accepted rights of way.
The planning application to build on more of the Common can be found at http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk – to go Environment and Planning – View a Planning Application (drop down menu) and search for Holborn View or AVA/2016/0127.
You can also see comments on there which appear to be from Chris Emmas-Williams, a Labour Amber Valley Borough Councillor. He advocates putting a mini roundabout at the junction between Holborn View and Glasshouse Hill (the route of the Pentrich Revolution).
Information about the designation of Codnor Common as Local Green Space can be found at http://www.ripleytowncouncil.org.uk/uploads/4/6/2/1/46219635/ripley_np_final_draft_june_2015.pdf
Ripley Neighbourhood Plan was accepted by the voters of Ripley Parish in October 2013, though the information stated that Codnor Common would be given protection. Not all of it was.