Local Development Scheme

Bassetlaw District Council Local Development Scheme 

Purpose of the Local Development Scheme

Section 15 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) requires every Local Planning Authority to prepare, maintain and publish a Local Development Scheme (LDS). The LDS must specify the document which, when prepared, will comprise the Local Plan for the area. A key requirement of the act is to ensure the LDS is made available to the public and kept up-to-date.

Bassetlaw District Council resolved to bring this LDS into effect at the 10 July 2018 Cabinet meeting.

Local Development Documents

Local Development Documents (LDD), when taken as a whole, sets out the Authority’s policies relating to the development and use of land in the district. The LDDs that will be prepared by Bassetlaw District Council are the following Development Plan Documents:

  • The Bassetlaw Local Plan: Bassetlaw District Council will produce a single Local Plan that will apply to the whole of the District. This LDS web page sets out below the overall timetable for the development, consultation, examination and adoption of the Local Plan.
  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): these build upon and provide more detailed advice or guidance on the policies in the Local Plan.  At this time no SPDs are scheduled to be prepared in support of the Local Plan, however this may be subject to change at a later date.

Working with other Local Planning Authorities

Bassetlaw District Council does not plan to produce any joint Local Development Documents with other Local Planning Authorities. However, throughout the development of the Local Plan the Council will co-operate with all relevant bodies under the Duty-to-Cooperate (including all Neighbouring Local Authorities).

Local Plan Timetable

The key stages for this timetable are set out below with an overview of each stage.

View our Bassetlaw District Council Local Development Scheme Timetable

Local Plan Development Stage


Evidence Base Work

November 2015 to May 2020

Initial Draft consultation

Completed October to December 2016

Draft Plan consultation Part 1: Strategic Plan

November 2018 to December 2018

Draft Plan consultation Part 2: Local Plan

June 2019 to July 2019

Publication Draft consultation

January 2020 to February 2020

Submission of the Local Plan

June 2020

Public Examination

November 2020 to December  2020

Formal adoption

February 2021

Total plan preparation

September 2015 to February 2021


These stages are key to the development of the Local Plan achieving the following aims and requirements:

  • Evidence base development: The strategic direction of the Local Plan, any development targets it sets or protections it provides against development must be underpinned by an up to date and relevant evidence base. This stage of the plan preparation is an ongoing process throughout the Local Plan’s preparation. It is this evidence base that will underpin the local plan at examination. This period will also meet the council’s duty to cooperate with our neighbouring authorities. 
  • Initial Draft consultation: Completed in October to December 2016. This first stage of formal consultation presented the public and all interested bodies the initial ideas and direction of the Local Plan. The responses received have informed the development of next stages of the Local Plan to ensure it meets the development needs of Bassetlaw in the most sustainable way.
  • Draft Plan consultation
    • Part 1: Strategic Plan: Formal public consultation. This will be the first opportunity for the public and all interested bodies to consider a fully drafted Vision, Objectives, Spatial Strategy and strategic polices for the District and proposed Strategic site allocations and make formal comments on them.
    • Part 2 Local Plan: Formalpublicconsultation. This will be the first opportunity for the public and all interested bodies to consider the draft local polices and proposed specific site allocations and make formal comments on them.
  • Publication consultation: Formal public consultation on the version of the Local Plan combining Parts 1 and 2 that the Council considers ready for examination (and adoption). This provides the opportunity for the public and all interested bodies to consider the plan and make any additional consultation responses.
  • Submission of the Local Plan: The Publication version of the Local Plan (with any proposed changes in light of consultation responses received) must be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for its examination in public on behalf of the Secretary of State.
  • Public Examination: The Local Plan will be examined by an independent inspector to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the duty to cooperate, legal and procedural requirements and whether it is considered to be sound. A sound plan must be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
  • Formal Adoption: Once the examination process is complete, adoption is the final stage of putting a Local Plan in place. This requires confirmation by a Full Council meeting. Once the Local Plan is adopted it becomes the Local Development Plan for Bassetlaw (replacing the current Core Strategy and Development Management Polices Development Plan Document).

Progress and amendments to this timetable are detailed in the Councils Annual Monitoring Reports.

Once adopted this Local Plan will formally replace the Core Strategy and Development Management Polices Development Plan Document (December 2011), which is the current Development Plan for Bassetlaw.