Residents in Worksop urged to have their say

Residents in the Worksop area are being asked to have their say and to be part of a series of digital consultation events as Bassetlaw District Council consults on the latest stage of the Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan.

The Bassetlaw Plan sets out the Council’s priorities for housing, regeneration and other development in the district up to the year 2037, in addition to employment, environmental issues and infrastructure.

The Government requires Bassetlaw District Council to plan for the development of at least 10,013 new homes in the district by 2037. Of this, 1,959 new homes are proposed to be built in Worksop across five sites and the town centre.

The largest of these developments is Peaks Hill Farm to the north of Worksop that could deliver at least 1,000 new homes, including bungalows, affordable housing and family homes, up to 2037.

In response to residents’ concerns following the consultation period in January 2020, more detail has been added to the Bassetlaw Plan that includes the locations of new housing, businesses, green spaces, community facilities and walking and cycling routes; how existing woodland will be protected, and the new link road between two major routes in and out of Worksop.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“We understand that a development of this size will be unsettling for some residents and we would like to reassure them that through the Local Plan, the Council seeks to ensure that all development benefits from essential infrastructure like road and junction improvements, community facilities such as school places and healthcare, as well as additional walking and cycling routes to promote healthier lifestyles. However, in order to secure this vital infrastructure, additional development must first be planned for.”

“The Government have told us that we need to build 10,013 new homes before 2037. If we do not deliver these targets the Government may simply allocate development land through proposed housing legislation and allow developers to build even more houses without consulting the local community. Peaks Hill Farm has been identified as one of the most suitable locations and by taking this through the Local Plan, we can ensure that residents can have their say and that essential infrastructure and additional community facilities are delivered.”

“The Bassetlaw Plan is fundamental to the growth and success of our District over the next 17 years. As well as dealing with Government housing targets, it sets out the Council's aspirations for better paid jobs, investment and increased training opportunities for local people. It also proposes how our district can have less of an impact on the environment, promote green and renewable energy initiatives.

“It will have a major influence on the shape of this area for a generation, so it is absolutely vital that people take a look at the updated and more detailed proposals and have their say.”

To learn more about the Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan, have your say and register for digital consultation events that specifically cover Worksop and the surrounding areas, please visit www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/bassetlawplan where you will find a list of events and information on how to register. You can also speak with a Planning Officer by calling 01909 533533 and saying Local Plan when prompted.

The consultation was launched on 25th November and residents have until 20th January to submit their comments.


Last Updated on Wednesday, October 13, 2021