New growth plan announced for Newark and Sherwood District

A plan for the future growth and development of Newark and Sherwood has been approved by district councillors.

This sets out how land is allocated to meet future need and policies for use in the assessment of planning applications.

The Allocations and Development Management Development Plan Document (DPD) replaces the Newark and Sherwood Local Plan which was adopted in 1999.

Newark and Sherwood District Council adopted the new plan at its recent annual meeting following a two-year exercise involving intense public consultation and an independent inspection held over a two-week period last December.

The inspector has found the DPD to be ‘sound subject to modifications’.

In adopting this plan the district is the first council in Nottinghamshire to have a complete development plan and one of a handful of authorities in England to have adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule.

The CIL is where local authorities in England and Wales can charge on most types of new development in their area. CIL charges are based on the size, type and location of the development proposed. The money raised will be used to pay for strategic infrastructure required to support development in the district.

Newark and Sherwood District Council leader Roger Blaney said: “I am delighted to be able to announce such a significant step in promoting the future growth of the district. The council committed to a long and intensive process in replacing the Local Plan and it is very rewarding to see it arrive at such a positive conclusion.

“The combination of a complete development plan and a CIL Charging Schedule has the dual benefits of giving communities a degree of certainty over the level of growth and infrastructure improvement they can expect over the next 13 years and providing developers with the certainty they need to invest in the district.”