Plan Review

‌‌ Through the development of planning policy and the decision making on individual planning applications we aim to promote sustainable development. In order to ensure that this continues to be the case we regularly review our planning policy. We have therefore begun a process of plan review which will take place across 2015/2016.

The main aim of this review is to ensure that the allocations and policies contained within the two DPDs continue to be appropriate, up-to-date and effective. The Inspector who examined our Allocations & Development Management DPD concluded that because the plan had been prepared during the recession that an early review should be conducted to test if the market had recovered enough to continue to deliver the various elements of the plan. 

Following adoption of the Allocations & Development Management DPD work had commenced on a separate Gypsy and Traveller DPD. However as the review of the whole Development Plan has caught up with the Gypsy and Traveller the two processes have now been brought together within the plan review. A new Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment has been produced (see below) and the work preceding this remains available to view on the Gypsy & Traveller DPD webpage.

Our Local Development Scheme sets out the detailed timetable for the plan review.

Preferred Approach -  'Sites and Settlements' and 'Town Centres and Retail'
12 January to 24 February 2017

Following consultation on the first part of the Preferred Approach stage, concerning 'strategy', we are now in a position to consult on the remaining elements through the- 'Preferred Approach Sites and Settlements' and 'Preferred Approach - Town Centres and Retail' papers.

The Settlements and Sites paper sets out our preferred approach to future development in various settlements across the district and for the sites necessary to deliver planned growth.

The Town Centres and Retail paper details the proposed approach to identifying and meeting the need for retail and other main town centre uses over the plan period, along with the review of existing and production of new planning policy covering these topics. The consultation papers and their supporting documentation can be viewed below.

Supporting Documents:

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (January 2017) (PDF File, 1,050kb)

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (Jan 2017) - Appendix 4 (PDF File, 738kb)

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach (Jan 2017) - Appendix 5 (PDF File, 1,230kb)

Habitats Regulations Assessment - Screening Report (PDF File, 1,619kb)

Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (PDF File, 13,662kb)

Town Centre & Retail Study (Main Text) (PDF File, 3,140kb)

Town Centre & Retail Study (Appendices) (PDF File, 8,026kb)

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Update

Water Cycle Study Update (PDF File, 4,862kb)

Strategic Housing & Employment Land Availability Assessment:

Strategic Housing & Employment Availability Assessment (2017) (PDF File, 1,048kb)

(See Figure 1 in the Main Text above for a plan showing the Sub-areas)

Newark and Rural South Sub-Area (1) Assessments (PDF File, 8,813kb)

Collingham Sub-Area (2) Assessments (PDF File, 777kb)

Rural North Sub-Area (3) Assessments (PDF File, 541kb)

Mansfield Fringe Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 4,356kb)

Nottingham Fringe Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 888kb)

Sherwood Area Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 4,688kb)

Southwell Area Sub-area Assessments (PDF File, 1,575kb)

How to take part in the consultation

You can respond to the consultation online by following the links above, or alternatively by downloading and returning the comments form(s) below via email or post.

Planning Policy
Newark & Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall
NG23 5QX

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Comments should be received by 4.45pm on Friday 24 February 2017

Public Consultation Events and drop in sessions

Consultation events where you can come and speak to a member of Planning Policy about the plans

  • Newark Library, Saturday 28 January 2017 (10am to 2pm)
  • Southwell Library,  Saturday 4 February 2017 (10am to 2pm)
  • Edwinstowe Village Hall, Saturday 11 February 2017 (10am to 3pm)

In addition to this we are arranging informal 'drop-in' sessions with various parish councils across the district, where members of the team will also be available.

  • Farnsfield Village Hall on Tues 24 Jan 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Collingham Youth and Community Centre, Low Street on Thurs 26th 6.15pm to 7.15pm
  • Ollerton and Boughton Town Hall on Tues 31 Jan 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Lowdham Community Room off Tannery Drive, Thurs 2 Feb 5.45pm to 6.45pm
  • Rainworth Village Hall on Thurs 9 Feb 6pm to 7pm
  • Bilsthorpe Village Hall on Mon 13 Feb 5.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Sutton-on-Trent Methodist Community Centre on Tues 14 Feb 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Blidworth Community & Leisure Centre on Weds 22 Feb 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Preferred Approach - 'Strategy' Consultation (29th July - 23rd September 2016)

Having reviewed the comments received on the Issues Paper and brought together the necessary evidence base we consulted on the first part of the 'Preferred Approach' stage in summer / autumn 2016.

The 'Preferred Approach to Strategy' set out our preferred approach to new development targets, based on the latest evidence, a refined spatial strategy (i.e. where future development should be located), new affordable housing policies and a range of other minor changes to current planning policy.

The consultation document and its supporting documents can be viewed through the links below.

Supporting Documents:

Draft Integrated Impact Assessment - Preferred Approach Strategy (PDF File, 3,418kb)

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (PDF File, 6,172kb)

Strategic Housing Market Assessment Addendum (PDF File, 249kb)

HMA Position Statement - Farnsfield Appeal (PDF File, 818kb)

Employment Land Feasibility Study (PDF File, 7,022kb)

Housing Market and Needs Assessment (PDF File, 4,041kb)

Housing Market Needs Sub Area Report (PDF File, 713kb)

Affordable Housing Viability Considerations (PDF File, 281kb)

Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment (June 2016) (PDF File, 660kb)

Planning Advisory Service Core Strategy Review (PDF File, 117kb)

Issues Paper (5 October to 16 November 2015)

As detailed above the Issues Paper was the first consultation stage of the plan review. The paper set out the scope of our review, the issues we had identified as important and potential approaches to addressing them. You can view the paper, its statement of consultation, the comments received and the supporting documents specific to this stage of the Plan Review below.

Issues Paper (PDF File, 884kb) 

Issues Paper - Statement of Consultation (PDF File, 438kb)

Issues Paper Comments (PDF File, 628kb)

Supporting Documents specific to the Issues Paper:

Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2015) (PDF File, 642kb)

Call for Sites

To have as full a picture as possible of the housing and employment land supply in the district we will need to have an understanding of any potential new sites which could be available for development. If you have a potential site which you think we should consider for future development then you should submit this to us so that it can be assessed for suitability.

We are particularly keen to hear if you have a brownfield site (i.e. one that has been developed already) as the government wants to implement new simplified planning rules on such sites. An up-to-date understanding of available sites will help us to focus on delivering the development the government is seeking. 

You can submit potential sites by email and provide a site location plan, alternatively you can also do this in writing.

Integrated Impact Assessment

An integral part of the plan review process will be its 'Integrated Impact Assessment' (IIA). This process will fulfil the statutory requirements to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as well as an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA). While there is no statutory obligation to undertake a Health Impact Assessment (HIA), this is a recognised process for considering the health impacts of plans and is widely seen as best practice. It is therefore intended that the IIA incorporate a HIA.       

The first stage in the process has been the production of the IIA Scoping Report which identifies relevant plans, policies and programmes, sets out the baseline social, environmental, economic, equalities and health characteristics of the District and draws from this to define a framework with which to undertake the integrated impact assessment of the plan review moving forwards.

The Integrated Impact Assessment Scoping Report (PDF File, 3,716kb) was published for consultation alongside the Issues Paper and this has resulted in an Post consultation IIA Scoping Report (PDF File, 4,316kb) being produced. This has been used to inform the production of the Preferred Approach stage. The Preferred Approach IIA is available to view in the Preferred Approach section of this webpage.

Current Status

Preferred Approach Settlements and Sites and Town Centre and Retail

Open consultation 12 January to 24 February 2017

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Newark and Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall
NG23 5QX

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