Shaping planning future of Newark and Sherwood District

Members of the public can now comment on a planning document which will help guide development in the Newark and Sherwood district for the next 14 years.

The Local Development Framework (LDF) is being produced by Newark and Sherwood District Council. This is the development plan for the district and it will be used to shape decision-making by the council, both in terms of investment and planning applications, up to 2026. The Core Strategy which contains the strategic policies for the district was adopted in March 2011.

Last year the council published the Allocations and Development Management Options Report, an integral part of the LDF which put forward different options for delivering housing, employment and other uses within the district, which the public was able to comment on.

This revised version refines the options put forward at the earlier stage, taking into account the public feedback and the council’s evidence base, into firm allocations and policy approaches. It also includes a revised suite of Development Management policies to provide greater direction, help deliver specific allocations and assist in the day-to-day assessment of planning applications.

It is known as the Publication Allocations and Development Management DPD and sets out how the council’s framework will deliver the development and change needed, showing where the new development is to be located. It was approved by the council’s Cabinet and Full Council in May. The Publication Allocations & Development Management DPD shows the document in the format that the council proposes to submit to the Secretary of State and to ultimately adopt.

The public has until 5.15pm on July 30, 2012, to make any representations, which must be based on valid planning reasons. It is not a period of public consultation asking for feedback or general concerns.

The Allocations and Development Management DPD will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will test the ‘soundness’ of the document during a public examination to be held later this year. If approved, it will be adopted by the council early next year.

The Leader of the Council, Coun Roger Blaney said: “The Allocations & Development Management DPD follows on from the adoption of the Core Strategy and completes the replacement of the Local Plan. The proposed allocations and policies contained within in it provide a basis for the future prosperity of the District.

“Over the next 20 years, Newark and Sherwood faces many challenges, such as providing new housing and jobs, and securing infrastructure and facilities for residents and visitors. The representation period will allow everyone a chance to put forward their view on the document so that a planning inspector can consider them.”

Copies of this document and guidance on how to make a representation are deposited at Kelham Hall (open 8:30am to 5:15pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am to 4:45pm Friday), the various libraries throughout the district, and at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/adm

Anyone with questions regarding the Publication Core Strategy should call 01636 655859, 01636 655850, 01636 655805 or email planningpolicy@nsdc.info