Comments sought on Local Plan update

Bassetlaw District Council is inviting comments from the public, businesses and other stakeholders on a Second Addendum to the Bassetlaw Local Plan.

Targeted consultation on a Second Addendum must now take place following the withdrawal of the proposed Garden Village development, as a result of a landowner unexpectedly withdrawing their site in March 2022.

A six-week consultation period beginning on 10 May will ask for comments on whether the Second Addendum meets the soundness and legal tests set out in Planning Legislation.

The addendum also includes new evidence relating to the amount and mix of affordable housing that can be delivered from new housing sites during the life of the Bassetlaw Local Plan so that more local residents are able to afford to rent or buy their own home.

The Council consulted on its Publication Version of the Local Plan in September and October of 2021, in addition to further targeted consultation on a first addendum in January 2022.

At the end of this latest technical consultation period, the Council will submit the Bassetlaw Local Plan Publication Version and the first addendum, with the Second Addendum and any comments received to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for independent examination in the summer.

The Government require all Councils to have an up to date adopted local plan by December 2023, with repercussions if we do not meet the deadline.

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

“It is very disappointing to add further delays to the Local Plan process as a result of the Garden Village being withdrawn, which was completely out of our control.

“However, when there is a significant change in the Local Plan like this, we are required to consult with the public and I encourage everyone to engage with this additional, targeted consultation.

“It is essential to have an up to date Local Plan and without this the Council’s ability to guide and shape investment, provide much needed quality affordable homes and better paid jobs for local people, manage sustainable development and infrastructure in a responsible way and resist speculative development will be significantly diminished.

“We aim to submit the Bassetlaw Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for independent examination later in the summer.”

The Bassetlaw Local Plan Publication Version Second Addendum can be viewed on the Council’s website, where comments can also be submitted.

Representation are invited to be made between Tuesday 10 May 2022 and 5pm on Tuesday 21 June 2022.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2022