Retford Town Centre neighbourhood plan


Retford Business Forum and Bassetlaw District Council are working together to lay the foundations for a new business neighbourhood plan for Retford Town Centre. A neighbourhood plan is a way for residents and businesses to shape the way their local area develops, through the creation of locally-specific planning policies. If approved by the local community on completion, by way of a referendum, the plan becomes part of Bassetlaw’s strategic planning framework, used to determine planning applications.

Stage Date
Neighbourhood Area Designated  
Draft Plan Published  
Final Plan Submitted  
Examiner's Report Approved  


Getting Started (Autumn 2020)

 Before work to develop the neighbourhood plan can begin, a formal application needs to be made and approved, identifying the boundary of the area, and confirming that a neighbourhood forum has been established to manage the process. The aim is to have the application ready to submit by mid-November 2020.

 Work has been underway since mind 2019 to identify an appropriate boundary for the neighbourhood area. The proposed boundary is tight to the Town Centre, making use of existing geographical boundaries such as the River Idle, Chesterfield Canal, Arlington Way, and Amcott Way, to identify a clear area of influence, and one characterised by shared interests. On the basis of the indicative boundary, work to set-up a neighbourhood forum is now being progressed.

A neighbourhood forum is a diverse group of local people who share an interest in improving their local area. As a forum member you can have as little or as much involvement as you like, from pledging your support for the project to active involvement in the development of evidence and policies, and public consultation.

Membership of the Retford Town Centre Neighbourhood Forum will be free and open to all, with two membership classes proposed, Full and Associate, as detailed below:



Full Member

Associate Member


Residents of the defined neighbourhood area.

Owners or representatives of businesses and organisations located in the defined neighbourhood area.

Elected Members for East Retford West, East Retford East, and East Retford North Wards.

People based outside the defined neighbourhood area, but who are interested in getting involved in the development of the plan.


Able to contribute to the development of the neighbourhood plan

Voting rights (key decisions)

Able to vote

Not able to vote

Find out more

The Neighbourhood Planning team at Bassetlaw District Council is assisting in the initial stages of setting-up the neighbourhood forum, including taking enquires from prospective members; we look forward to hearing from you:

Tel: 01909 533 495 (ask for Neighbourhood Planning)


Supporting Documents

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Pre-Designation Stage

Last Updated on Monday, October 5, 2020