The council continues to use the themes of People, Place, Prosperity and Public Service as themes to frame its strategic priorities. These themes are used to illustrate the impact of four groups of strategic priorities:

  • Homes
  • The economy
  • Safety and cleanliness
  • Healthiness

The council's Corporate Plan 2016-2020 demonstrates how the Council is committed to achieving the strategic priorities in the context  of the established council's Vision, Values and Themes - Corporate Plan (PDF File, 1,453kb)

Our Strategic Priorities 2016-2020

ThemeStrategic Objective
  • We will provide and support housing that meets the existing and emerging needs of Newark and Sherwood.


  1. Maintain the high standard of housing stock in Newark and Sherwood.
  2. Grow the supply of housing across the district.

Over the next 4 years we will:

  • Develop more affordable housing by making by acquiring or developing new homes, by maximum use of section 106 contributions, reducing the number of empty homes, by bringing forward brownfield lane and by recognising that different models and definitions of affordable housing could increase the scope and choice in housing.
  • Develop a mixed provision of affordable homes which includes starter homes serving the needs of younger people, families with young children and homes for older people.
  • Increase the availability of supported housing and extra care, ensuring that these choices are extended as widely as possible.
  • Establish a development company to act as a vehicle for new housing developments.
  • Develop our lettings policies to maximise support for local people.
  • Review the Council's own stock and land to encourage appropriate growth and development.
  • Ensure that planning policies include scope for small-scale development in villages and smaller settlements where the community are in support.
  • Provide support and signposting to relevant support services and agencies.
  • Prevent homelessness wherever we can and support which help people manage and prevent indebtness.
  • Review the way in which all council priorities and services support the most vulnerable in our community.
The Economy

We will support the economic and employment growth of Newark and Sherwood.


  1. Support business growth and employment in Newark and Sherwood.
  2. Encourage investment in Newark and Sherwood.

Over the next 4 years we will:

  • Facilitate events which improve access to jobs and apprenticeships for local people
  • Directly engage with schools and colleges on training choices, careers advice and business brokerage
  • Develop a scheme of business ambassadors
  • Review the Community Infrastructure Levy to insure that jobs creation and economic investment are not deterred, including a review of the 123 list and Infrastructure Development Plan
  • Support inward investment activities, most especially warm leads and consider direct investment to create appropriate step-up and incubator units
  • Improve the promotion of tourism including the development of online and printed media - merge
  • Stimulate the development (and coordination) of the Sherwood Forest Regional Park and major projects with the Sherwood Forest Trust and partners
  • Support lobbying and feasibility studies to bring the Robin Hood Line into use
  • Support and lobby plans to improve the A46, the associated junctions and roundabouts and, the Newark Southern Link road
  • Support the creation of travel to work solutions to connect people to employment opportunities
  • Develop the role and impact of the National Civil war Centre
  • Work to bring coherence to heritage and landscape strategies and forums for the Sherwood Forest area
  • Review our strategies to promote tourism and the visitor economy so that they are integrated with heritage and landscape strategies and develop measures to retain and disperse visitors within the District
  • Support the roll-out of broadband into all communities
  • Work to secure a solution to bring forward the redevelopment of the Robin Hood Hotel in Newark and Ollerton Hall
 Safety and Cleanliness

 We will protect the natural and built environment in Newark and Sherwood.


  1. Maintain an excellent standard of environment across the district
  2. To help local communities to provide strong and safe places to live.

Over the next 4 years we will:

  • Review the use, location and investment in CCTV
  • Counter and reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Carry out preventative work through Family Intervention Programmes to reduce the impact of costly and entrenched social problems
  • tackle fly-tipping and dog-fouling and encourage reporting and a robust approach to prosecuting offenders
  • Encourage a greater engagement with Neighbourhood Watch, Community Contracts and Safer Neighbourhood Groups
  • Actively support community litter-picks, reporting of litter nuisance and replace bins where this can help to reduce littering
  • Roll-out a Garden Waste collection across the district
  • Continue to devolve services to local communities and review residual service delivery options
  • Review policies to ensure that S106 contributions are used effectively
  • Support flood prevention schemes at a local level
  • Develop a programme of Neighbourhood Studies to support community renewal
  • Review Conservation Area Character Appraisals (CACAs) and Management Plan (CAMPs) and update where necessary 

We will encourage and support wellbeing and healthier lifestyles of the communities within Newark and Sherwood


  1. Increase participation in leisure and wellbeing activities in the district
  2. Support health promotion and illness prevention activities in Newark and Sherwood

Over the next 4 years we will:

  • Develop the district's leisure centres managed through Active4Today to encourage sustainable activity and increase leisure activity across the district
  • Work to deliver the Playing Pitch Strategy across the District and develop a strategy to ensure there is adequate provision in all areas, including alternative activity provisions where neccessary
  • Ensure that Sports Hub proposals for the Newark area are linked to and complementary to all other sports and leisure provision
  • Engage with and scrutinise the effectiveness of the Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Trusts which serve the District
  • Support and participate in policy development to address improved public health and ensure that health promotion activities are supported through the activities of the Council, Active4Today and Newark and Sherwood Homes

In addition, there are a number of corporate priorities which will shape the way in which the Council operates over the coming four years including:

  • The commitment to the Community Covenant and specifically the way it shapes the Council’s approach to priorities around our lettings policy and support, advice and sign-posting activities
  • The need to review central and support services as some activities are reduced or moved into other delivery vehicles
  • The ability to increase the range of digital service delivery
  • The scope to increase collaboration with neighbouring councils

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