Bassetlaw Site Allocations
Development Plan Document (DPD)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Site Allocations DPD?
The Site Allocations DPD will identify or ‘allocate’ areas of
land within Bassetlaw for specific types of development, such as
housing and employment. It will be part of Bassetlaw’s Local
Development Framework (LDF), which is a new series of planning
documents that the Council is producing to guide development
decisions in Bassetlaw.
The first document to be produced as part of the LDF was the
Core Strategy, which identifies the
settlements that are to receive allocations, along with the scale
of housing and employment growth that each settlement will need to
The inclusion of a site in the final Site Allocations DPD will
mean that the Council, in principle, will support any development
or use that is in accordance with the requirements of the DPD and
the Core Strategy.
What is the Strategic Housing Land Availability
The Strategic Housing Land
Availability Assessment (SHLAA) identifies and assesses the
development potential of possible sites for future housing
development. The sites assessed as being ‘developable’ will be
considered through the site allocations process.
How do I put forward a site to be considered for the
Site Allocations DPD?
If you wish us to consider a site, or sites, within the District
to be allocated for development, you can submit details to us by
filling in the registration form or by contacting a member of the
Planning Policy team.
How will potential development sites be
Sites will be assessed against a range of criteria that will
include: public opinion (as a result of consultation); the
likelihood of delivery; benefit to local communities and to the
District; impact on existing infrastructure; scoring against
Sustainability Appraisal objectives; and consistency with national
policy and the Core Strategy.
Will every site put forward be allocated for
Not every suggested site will be needed to meet the District’s
development needs. Only those deemed to be developable have come
forward for consideration as part of the Site Allocations
How will existing infrastructure and services cope and
what new infrastructure and services will be provided to support
All new development, housing in particular, will contribute to
the delivery of appropriate infrastructure either directly or
through a financial contribution. The Council is already working
closely with the relevant agencies to ensure that the exact
infrastructure requirements of specific sites can be understood.
Initial work is set out in the Council’s Infrastructure Capacity Study.
What will happen to development boundaries (settlement
The Proposals Map, which accompanied the Core Strategy, set out
the development boundaries for each settlement that may receive
allocated sites. The Council will publish a
Revised Proposals Map as part of the Site Allocations document,
which will set out new development boundaries that have been
re-drawn around any new allocated sites.
What is the timetable for the Site Allocations
In brief, community consultation on the Site Allocations Issues
& Options document will take place in November 2011. A further
consultation on the ‘Preferred Options’ will take place in Summer
2012 with Submission of the final document to the Secretary of
State in late 2012. It is anticipated that the document will be
adopted by the Council in Spring 2013. We will keep you informed of
any changes to these dates via the Council’s website.
Why are you consulting again when we already completed
The resident questionnaires were carried out to find out about
local residents’ views on possible future development in their
locality, in order to provide the Council with an initial steer on
the approach it should be outlining in the Issues & Options
document. A summary of the questionnaire
responses has been published on the Council’s website and will
be taken into consideration throughout the Site Allocation
Will there be opportunities for future public
Yes. In addition to the Issues & Options consultation, there
will be at least one other formal public consultation period before
the Site Allocations document is submitted to the Government for
public examination. In addition, the Planning Policy team is always
very happy to speak with anyone about the process in general or
sites in particular.
Last Updated - 29/05/2012