Residents, businesses and other interested parties who would like to submit their comments on the final version of Bassetlaw’s Local Plan are being encouraged to do so before the latest consultation period closes in around two weeks.
This final technical consultation stage seeks to test the ‘soundness’ and the legal aspects of the Bassetlaw Local Plan, and the Council is now asking respondents to consider elements such as; if the Plan is the right overall strategy for the district; if it is consistent with national planning policy; in addition to the Council’s strategic objectives and locations for housing, regeneration and development.
This version, along with comments submitted as part of this technical consultation, will then be collated, reviewed and submitted to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities next year, where the Council’s preferred Plan will be considered by an independent Inspector.
Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said:
“The Council has a legal requirement to prepare and produce a Local Plan for the area. This is one of the most important strategies that the Council produces as it influences many aspects of how the Bassetlaw area will change and grow in the years ahead through the creation of new employment opportunities and new houses. But it will also seek to ensure that Bassetlaw remains the distinctive place that it is.
“Calculations for our local housing numbers must also be consistent with national planning policies and guidance and contribute to the Government’s ambition to build 300,000 houses per year.”
This consultation was launched on Thursday 2nd September and will close on Thursday 21st October 2021, bringing to an end an extensive programme of public consultation over the last five years.
This included events in January and June 2021, in addition to public consultation periods in 2020, 2019 and 2016, which collected more than 2,000 responses that have influenced and shaped the latest version of the Bassetlaw Plan.
“The process takes a number of stages,” added Cllr White. “So far, the Council has consulted with the public five times and we have gone beyond national requirements to make sure local residents can have their say.
“As part of this process people have told us they would like access to better paid jobs, good education and healthcare, quality housing, safe communities, good open spaces, an attractive natural environment and opportunities to enjoy the surroundings in which they live.
“The Council considers its Local Plan to be legally compliant and ‘sound’ and, as we near the end of this final consultation period, it is very important that we hear your views on this key stage ahead of its submission to Government where it will be independently examined.”
Should you wish to view what is proposed for your area, you can view the Publication Version of the Bassetlaw Local Plan, which contains full details of the site proposals, along with what will be included within the development in terms of supporting infrastructure and services, at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/bassetlawplan. A guide for submitting comments can also be found online.
You can view hard copies of the Bassetlaw Local Plan and any key supporting documents at local libraries and town halls across the district.
You can also speak with one of the Council’s Planning Policy Team by calling 01909 533 533. Please say ‘Local Plan’ when prompted.
The Bassetlaw Local Plan includes priorities such as:
- a mix of sites for at least 10,049 homes to be built in Bassetlaw by 2037
- The allocation of land dedicated for future employment, which will help to create 9,735 new jobs and training opportunities for local residents
- Supporting infrastructure that will bring road improvements, enhanced bus services, new cycle and walking paths, new open space and improved doctor’s surgeries and new schools
- The creation of a new Garden Village
- Two of the new developments in Worksop and Retford will encourage residents to lead healthy, active lifestyles through the creation of walking and cycle routes and open spaces
- Initiatives that protect town centres and help them adapt to peoples’ changing behaviour and the effects of the Covid:19 pandemic
- Help to manage the effects of climate change and enable the creation of green energy and low carbon technology sectors at the High Marnham Energy Hub
Last Updated on Wednesday, October 6, 2021