Town Centre Development

As part of our community plan we’re committed to developing, enhancing and sustaining our town centres.

The focus is on:

  • encouraging a strong retail offer
  • making the high street a destination for residents and visitors
  • ensuring accessibility for all
  • making our town centres as environmentally friendly as possible

The town centres we’re developing are:


Newark is a vibrant market town situated along the river Trent in Nottinghamshire. It offers visitors a wealth of history, charming shops, a packed events programme and excellent eating places.

Find out about the Newark towns fund and how it’s investing in the future of Newark.

Ollerton and Boughton

Ollerton and Boughton began as farming villages before coal was discovered and the populations of both increased as people from all over the country moved to the area for work.

Today, Ollerton and Boughton is a market town conveniently situated in the heart of Sherwood Forest.


With a bustling market place and plethora of independent shops, Southwell is a must-shop destination.

Home to the famous Bramley apple, Southwell Minster and The Workhouse there’s plenty to keep residents and visitors busy in this charming market town.


Edwinstowe is named after King Edwin of Northumbria whose body was hidden in Sherwood Forest after his death at the Battle of Hatfield Close (in nearby Cuckney).

But the village is more commonly associated with the legend of Robin Hood who used the neighbouring forest to hide from the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin and Marian are thought to have been married at St Mary's Church and there is a statue to honour this on the High Street.