Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a lot about housing growth. Why does Bassetlaw need to grow? Why can’t Bassetlaw stay as it is? 

Government states in National Planning Policy that they are committed to securing economic and housing growth, and the planning system is central to delivering this growth.  So the Local Plan must set out how we will plan for new housing as well as for businesses, shops, leisure and other development.

The Local Plan must plan for enough housing to meet local housing needs over the next 17 years, including enough affordable housing, housing for older people, homes for first time buyers and family homes. It must make sure that there is enough homes for those people that wish to live and work in the District.

It is important for a Local Plan to make sure new development is located in areas that are the most sustainable in terms of services, facilities and access to public transport and is supported by the right type of infrastructure, such as new roads, schools and health facilities.

Why do we need so many houses? 

The Government aims to deliver 300,000 new homes per annum in England. Bassetlaw is required to deliver its share. National planning policy requires the Council to make sure the proposed levels of housing need are based on a range of factors, including population and household projections, a growing ageing population, future job growth and our economic aspirations as a council.

Is there a method for calculating how many homes are required? 

The minimum number of homes a Council is required to plan for is set by Government through its 'standard method'.  The method uses the official household projections but then Government requires the Council to uplift the figure to make sure the Council provides enough homes for those expected to work in new jobs in the District by 2037.

The calculation for the housing requirement is set out in the Council's Housing and Economic Needs Assessment Update (2020) which has been prepared as evidence base for the Local Plan and is available on the Council's web site.

When and how long is the consultation running for?

The consultation is running for six weeks from Wednesday 9 June 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021. All comments must be submitted to the Planning Policy Team by 5pm on 21 July.  

Can I submit comments for other parts of the Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan that do not relate to Ordsall South?

Yes, the Council are consulting on other focused parts of the Local Plan which can be found on its website.

Why is the Ordsall South housing allocation getting another consultation?

Since the last consultation, the Council considered responses from the community and statutory consultees. This has led to changes to the proposed planning policy for the site and the evidence base, including a flood risk  assessment and transport assessment. Due to these changes, the Council wish to consult the consult the community on these change and seek their input into the local plan process.

With only one main road from Ordsall to Eaton and the A1 how will local roads cope with the Ordsall South development? 

The Council has commissioned a Transport Study to assess the impact of proposed development on the local roads and strategic (A1) road network. At this stage this shows that improvements will be required to several local junctions in Retford such as at the A620. Should the site stay in the Plan further work will be undertaken so that the Council can better understand the detailed impacts on the highway network. All proposals will need to be agreed with the County Council, who are the Highways Authority.

The Bassetlaw Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) contains details of highway improvements required. The IDP will continue to be updated as the Local Plan progresses.

What consideration is being given to the local wildlife and environment with regard to the Ordsall South site?

The site will provide a net-gain in biodiversity through a combination of measures. These include creating a new country park which will comprise of woodland, grasslands and recreational facilities.  Other natural features such as existing watercourses, trees and hedgerows and other green  spaces will be retain or incorporated into the site.


Last Updated on Thursday, June 10, 2021