Consultation Questions

Why is the Council doing a Local Plan consultation during the Coronavirus restrictions?

The Government encourage local authorities to continue producing Local Plans during the current Covid19 restrictions, as long as consultation is undertaken safely and appropriately, and provisions are put in place to enable community engagement. The Council’s community engagement programme was approved by the council’s Cabinet on the 25 November 2020, is extensive and is consistent with national legislation and the Council’s adopted Statement of Community Involvement 2020. Although events are virtual other measures have been put in place to make sure that residents that are not able to engage virtually are still able to be fully involved in the consultation. More information is available on the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

The Council consulted on the Local Plan in January. Why are you consulting again?

We received a significant amount of comments about the Local Plan in our last consultation in January 2020. Analysis of the comments and new evidence led to changes to the Plan. Its important that our communities and stakeholders have the opportunity to comment on this next version of the Plan before we take it forward. This reflects national legislation and the local guidance set out in the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement.

What were the results of the previous consultation and what have you done with them?

The comments received in January 2020 and the Council’s responses to them have been published on the Council’s website at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/BassetlawPlan. These have informed the production of this draft Local Plan. 

Responses to the previous consultation confirmed the importance of issues such as making sure there is enough infrastructure to support development, delivering a sustainable pattern of development, safeguarding the villages, meeting the full range of housing needs, providing for the right type of jobs, with matters such as climate change and increased traffic, identified as likely to be a problem. 

What is the next step? When will the new Local Plan be ready?

Officers will consider all the feedback from this consultation and what the evidence is showing us before we write the next Local Plan. There will then be further consultation in Summer 2021 before the Plan is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (late 2021). At an ‘Examination in Public’ the plan will be assessed by an independent Planning Inspector. It is anticipated that the new Local Plan will be adopted in late 2022.

Where do I submit my comments on the Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan?

You can submit your comments online at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/bassetlawplan by either downloading or completing the online form.

Alternatively you can send your comments via post to:

Planning Policy
Queens Building
Potter Street
Worksop
Nottinghamshire S80 2AH

When are the virtual consultation events?

A total of 25 consultation events are being held online. Each event will be about an area or site listed within the Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan. Therefore, if you are interested in our proposals for your settlement or a site specific allocation then please attend the relevant event. The areas covered through the online events are listed below. To find out more information and to book your place, please go to www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/bassetlawplan:

  • Worksop
  • Peaks Hill Farm
  • Retford
  • Ordsall
  • Harworth
  • Rural Bassetlaw
  • Bassetlaw Garden Village
  • Marnham
  • Cottam

Why are the consultations online and not in person?

Due to Local Covid restrictions in place in Bassetlaw we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings. As a result the consultation events are being held online using MS Teams. A total of 25 online events are being held over 8 weeks from 25th November 2020 to 20th January 2021. Places at the events need to be pre-booked in order to attend. To find out more information and to book your place, please go to www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/bassetlawplan

How do I get in contact with someone to ask a question about the Local Plan?

To send an email query contact us at thebassetlawplan@bassetlaw.gov.uk or call us between 9am-5pm weekdays on 01909 533533 between 9am and 5pm weekdays and ask for the Local Plan phone line to speak to a Planning Officer.

How long will the Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan Consultation Last?

The Draft Bassetlaw Local Plan Consultation will run for 8 weeks, from the 25th November 2020 to the 20th January 2021. All comments will need to be received by 5pm on the 20th January 2021.


Last Updated on Thursday, December 17, 2020