In a spirited discussion at South Derbyshire District Council last night we finally received the final piece of the outline planning jigsaw. Our application was eventually approved with only one vote against. The discussion was generated due to the possible options for the first 400 metres and will need to be carefully dealt with to ensure concerns are addressed at detailed planning.
The next stage is a review of the masterplan and a meeting has been called for 9th September of key Trust and Society meeting committee members to review the next steps and draw up a masterplan for funding and development. The challenge is to maintain the initiative to get a stretch into water as quickly as possible and to use the many offers of practical help made by members.
Offers of help are welcomed and we are actively looking to raise our profile now we have the credibility of the successful application. New members will be particularly welcome at this time of increasing activity.