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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Guide to the Publication Amended Core Strategy

Guide to the Publication Amended Core Strategy

As the Document Passport outlines, this is the Publication Amended Core Strategy. This means that it is the Core Strategy containing the policies and wording which the Council wishes to submit to the Secretary of State for Examination and ultimately adoption by the District Council. As the Plan Review is proposing amendments to the Core Strategy Adopted in 2011, it shows the original text, with deletions crossed through and additions underlined. This gives everyone the opportunity to read the Core Strategy as amended and consider if they wish to make Representations on the contents of the documents. Unlike at the previous stages of the Plan Review this stage is not a consultation but a period seeking representations.

The representations will be considered alongside the Amended Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) when submitted and, in winter 2017, the Amended Core Strategy will be examined by an independent Inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, to legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. Representations submitted should relate to the requirements of the Duty to Cooperate, legal compliance or the `Tests of Soundness.'

The legal requirements are that the Amended Core Strategy: 

  •  Has been prepared in accordance with the Local Development Scheme (i.e. the Council's timetable) and in compliance with the Statement of Community Involvement and the Town and Country Planning (Local Development)(England) Regulations 2012. 
  • Has been subject to a sustainability appraisal
  • Has regard to national policy

A local planning authority should submit a plan for examination which it considers is “sound” – namely that it is:  

  • Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.

Detailed guidance on how to make representations are set out on our website, in guidance notes which are also available at Kelham Hall and the District's Libraries.


Representations can be made against the whole document or a particular policy, and should be made via the Council's consultation portal or on representation forms available at the same locations as the Guidance notes. Representations not made on the Representations Form should clearly indicate which test of soundness or point of legal compliance the representation relates to.


If you have any questions please contact Planning Policy on 01636 650000, or via