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Welcome to Transition Belper
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We are a group of local people who, as part of a growing "Transition" network made up of towns and cities all over the world, are exploring how we can increase our community's ability to withstand the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change. Our activities are all aimed at making the market town of Belper a more sustainable place for us all to live, work and play, and at the same time reducing our impact on the planet and our individual and community carbon footprint.

Transition Belper is made up of people from all ages and backgrounds. It is not a political group, or a campaigning group. What brings us together is a shared desire for action for the benefit of our local community and our planet.

So instead of worrying about the future of the planet, join us!

See the 'notice board' for our next meeting and 'Green Drinks' social events or join our mailing list by clicking on the envelope icon top right.

Belper Housing proposals
Amber Valley Borough Council have proposed additional housing allocations throughout Amber Valley as part of the review of the new Core Strategy. The new allocation - as amended at the meeting on 15th October includes two sites in Belper. The revised proposal were open (again) for public consultation until 8th December.

Derwent Street, Belper – 120 dwellings
Bullsmoor, Belper – 150 dwellings

The links above take you to a pdf of the relevant section of the new consultation document.

Transition Belper's response to the further consultation including the results of our online survey can be downloaded here (PDF 485 KB)

The Bullsmoor area is in red on the map below:Bullsmoor map
The full documments are:

The links below take you to responses to the initial consultation.

Transition Belper response - 455 KB
English Heritage response - 131 KB


Online survey
We compiled a survey for you to quickly register your views on the revised consultation that ends on 8th December. This survey has now closed and the results will be passed on to Amber Valley Borough Council along with further representations from Transition Belper.
We compiled a page of possible grounds for objecting to the original plans. These are not necessarily the views of Transition Belper or its officers but may give you an idea of the sort of things that counted as valid objections.

Protect Belper
Protect Belper are a group of people who have come together to fight Amber Valley's housing plans for green fields in Belper. The link above takes you to their web page and they also have a Facebook page.

Belper Station Crew get stuck in

A lot of work has been done over the past two years. Most of the plants we put in are thriving – amazingly, they have survived all the cold, wet and drought periods. Over the next few months we will continue to develop the original concept and design.
We are growing a sustainable garden to be enjoyed by local residents and commuters as well as visitors to Belper – a garden which encourages insect pollinators, birds and butterflies …..
We want to create an area of biodiversity in the centre of our town which is attractive throughout the year and encourage even more people to use the train.  Perennial flowers, shrubs, small trees and native wild species, which are visually (and aromatically) varied, will provide a habitat for many more species of wildlife.

If you would like get involved or see more pictures of the Station Crew progress please click here.

  You're welcome at Travel and Transport
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We are hoping to enable people in Belper to travel more sustainably, which will bring positive benefits to our health, our money and the environment. Follow this link for futher details.

book   The Transition Companion
Making your community more resilient in uncertain times.
By Rob Hopkins
You can read the online version here

Our Great British High Street

High Street winner

We are delighted to have had some involvement in Belper winning the GB Best High Street competition and whilst we have some great independents in town the reason Belper has won isn’t just because of our retail offering. It’s the collaboration of people who care from the community, the local authorities and local businesses.

We have listed the projects mentioned in the application and during the judges visit. The full list is available here (PDF 225 kb)

Details of all the winners in each category can be found on the Great British High Street web site.

One of the reasons for Belper's success was the Totally Locally collaboration involving Belper's independent shops and traders. Read more on our Totally Locally page

The VOICE of the Belper people

The results of the wonderful community art lead by Nicky Ward of the Bowerwirks are now available here – inVOICE (PDF 11 MB). The inVOICE was prepared at Belper Goes Green and is ‘the voice of the Belper people’ aimed at showing the real value of spaces in Belper to the local community. It is aimed at the organisations and individuals who make decisions about spaces in Belper.

More than 80 people contributed to the work and what is very clear is that Belper people love their home town.

Over the next few weeks/months there will be discussions about what to do with the artwork and whether it can be extended, printed as posters, postcards or used to wallpaper planning offices.

Social Network Sites
Transition Belper is very active on Facebook. If you would like to know what groups are running just follow this link.

Free Newsletter Signup
We currently have over 670 supporters receiving our monthly newsletter and keeping up-to-date with everything about Transition Belper.
If you would like to subscribe please click on the envelope (above the notice board top right) and add your details, or press this link

Interactive Heritage Map

Transition Belper have put together a Heritage Map of Belper which shows the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site core and buffer zones, the Belper and Milford Conservation Area and all listed buildings.

Belper Heritage Map

Click here or on the image above to go to the Heritage Map

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Three Transition Belper Core Group members and Trustees have formed an Industrial and Provident Society - a co-op - called Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy (ADVyCE) Limited. See the ADVyCE page for more details.
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Download a full size PDF version
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We are a part of the Transition Network
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