Bradwell Parish Council in Derbyshire has a population of 1,400 with a precept of £43,577 but this small local council has been punching well above its weight.
Bradwell Parish Council has ten members and meets on the first Tuesday of every month. The council is very active and has experienced no issues in replacing councillors when a member leaves. The council’s clerk, Steve Lawless also acts as their responsible financial officer. The council works closely with the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA), in particular on planning issues.
During the past several years the council has been developing the first successful neighbourhood plan in the Peak District National Park, which was voted into planning law on 22 October 2015. The neighbourhood plan is now part of PDNPA's reference material for planning applications. One key initiative from the neighbourhood plan has been formation of the Bradwell Community Land Trust, an initiative driven by councillors. The trust has now been gifted 12 affordable homes for local needs, which are to be built in the village in the next three years, and to be managed by BCLT.