District Council to answer your questions on important planning documents

Posted on: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Following the launch of the public consultation of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s ‘Amended Allocations and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document Options Report,’ and the ‘Open Spaces Strategy’ residents are invited to have their questions answered in a series of virtual meetings with Planning Officers.

The allocations document sets out proposed changes in relation to how the District Council will meet its requirements for housing and employment land, gypsy and traveller accommodation as well as setting out revisions to the policies against which future planning applications will be considered. 

The Open Spaces Strategy document looks at six specific types of open space.  These are parks and gardens, natural and semi-natural greenspace, amenity greenspace, provision for children and young people, allotments and cemeteries and churchyards. The draft document assess levels of existing and future provision and recommendations over the management of open space moving forwards.  

The District Council is committed to ensuring that all interested parties have the option to comment or be involved in the future direction of both important documents and, as part of that commitment, have set up three virtual meetings where questions can be asked and views voiced. The District Council will be offering slots on Tuesday 7 September between 1pm until 3pm, Thursday 9 September between 7pm until 8.30pm and Thursday 16 September between 7pm until 8.30pm.

During these virtual meetings District Council Planning Officers will explain the importance of both documents and how they will inform future planning decisions. Residents will then be able to ask questions directly to them.

To take part in one of the sessions, please complete the attendance form online at: www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview or go to the form directly here.

Alternatively, residents can register their interest by emailing planningpolicy@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk, or calling (01636) 650000.

The deadline to register interest to these virtual meetings is Wednesday 1 September.

Officers will also be at Newark Market on 15 September between 9.30am until 12:00pm to speak to the public face-to-face about any questions they might have about the consultation documents.

If you’re unable to attend any of the virtual meetings, you can make your comments on both documents online at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview or you can write to Planning Policy and Infrastructure, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark NG24 1BY or email planningpolicy@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk  Feedback can be made up to 5pm on 20 September 2021. 

Both documents are available online at: newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview

Councillor Roger Blaney, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Planning Committee, said: “Both documents are incredibly important and these virtual meetings give residents the opportunity to provide feedback and share their comments with us”

“I encourage anyone who is interested in either document to join the virtual meetings and speak to our officers about any issues you’re not sure about.”