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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Shopping, Leisure and Tourism

6.22     Newark Town Centre is the focus for retail provision within the Newark Urban Area and part of the wider District and is defined as a Town Centre within the retail hierarchy (Core Policy 8). The shopping core is focused on the historic Market Place and surrounding streets with restaurants and cafés centred around Castle Gate and the Town Wharf adjacent to the Castle and the River Trent. Purpose built shopping centres are located to the north and south of the core including the with a further retail development on the former Potterdyke scheme and new Bus Station. car park which started in 2010. There are also 2 retail parks in Newark, Northgate Retail Park and Beacon Hill Retail Park. There are a number of shops in the rest of the Newark Urban Area that meet the day to day needs of local residents. Balderton has the greatest concentration of such shops and is has two defined as a Local Centres within the retail hierarchy.

6.23     The 2010 Retail and Town Centre & Retail Study 2016  carried out an assessment of capacity for new comparison and convenience goods over the plan period. After allowing for the Potterdyke scheme in Newark, there is limited capacity for additional convenience goods floorspace up to 2014. However an estimated additional capacity of 5,661sqm net within the Newark Urban Area would be required by 2026. An estimated additional comparison goods capacity of 4,911 sqm net by 2019, and 18,459 sqm net by 2026 is also required. acknowledged a shortage within Newark Town Centre, given its historic nature, of larger format units which meet the needs of modern retailers. Should this go unaddressed then the pressure for out-of-centre applications for retail development, and proposals to widen ‘bulky goods’ conditions on existing retail parks is likely to increase. Accordingly NAP1 establishes support for the provision of new units and the amalgamation of existing units, where acceptable in heritage terms, in order to redress this situation.

6.24     In terms of the levels of vacancy, whilst falling below the national average there were around 50 vacant units (at the time of survey) and the concentration around particular areas of the centre can give the perception that they are higher. The Town Centre & Retail Study 2016 identifies the importance of addressing long-term vacancy and environmental improvements and the commitment to identifying, planning and delivering schemes which will improve and enhance the quality of the Town Centre’s offer, with the Buttermarket, Carter Gate and Appleton Gate being identified as priority areas. Key to this will be the exploration of a Town Centre Strategy bringing together the various stakeholders involved in the management and operation of the centre.

6.25     Newark market is a key asset of the centre, as reflected in the results of household and in-centre surveys, contributing towards its vitality and attracting visitors from both inside and outside the District. Supporting the continuation of a viable Newark market now forms a strategic objective for the Newark Area, with appropriate cross-referencing to Policy DM11 being provided to ensure that, where appropriate, new retail development properly assesses its impact on the market.

6.26     Newark Town Centre is also the focus for the District’s leisure provision with cinema, ten pin bowling, theatre, cafés and restaurants. however a significant percentage of leisure trips are to destinations outside the District including Lincoln, Mansfield and Nottingham. The historic core of Newark, the Castle, the National Civil War Centre, and the international Antiques Fairs attract tourists to the area, whilst the River Trent, which runs through the town, provides a focus for leisure and commercial activity. Despite this, good quality hotel and overnight accommodation is limited.

6.27     The Core Strategy will promote Newark Town Centre as the major focus for new and improved shopping, leisure and tourism facilities including the provision of hotel and overnight accommodation and the development of opportunities along the River Trent. This will help maintain Newark’s role as a Sub-Regional Centre and a location for tourism whilst also meeting the needs of the town and the wider community.

6.28     To help achieve these aims a town centre boundary and primary shopping areas will have been be defined as well as primary and secondary shopping frontages on the Policies Map. Primary shopping frontages will be are those areas which contain the towns key retailers, have strong pedestrian activity and are the focus for retail activity. Secondary frontages will be are those which contain more of a mix of uses including retail, leisure and service sector businesses. The boundaries for these areas will be identified in the Allocations & Development Management DPD along with more detailed policies which will set out what will be permitted in such areas.

6.29     Whilst the Potterdyke scheme will, in part, help meet the shopping needs of the District, there will also be a need to identify suitable locations to accommodate new and improved convenience and comparison shopping to meet the need of the increased population whilst also recognising the need to retain and enhance the historic character of the Town Centre. The LDF will promote the provision of new and enhanced shopping facilities within and adjoining the Town Centre, utilising opportunities that are provided by existing vacant units, infill development and redevelopment opportunities. Locations for new and enhanced shopping facilities will be assessed and identified within the Allocations & Development Management DPD. Where development cannot be located in these areas the LDF will seek to accommodate provision within other centres identified within the retail hierarchy or within the new centres provided to support the strategic sites. Such proposals will need to be of an appropriate scale to the centre and in accordance with the requirements of PPS4. Outside Newark Town Centre there is a need to provide for the day to day needs of the community especially in areas which will see housing growth. The LDF will therefore support the enhancement of the Balderton Local Centre and, as part of the meeting of needs generated by the development of the 3 strategic sites, through the provision of 4 new local centres. The new centres will provide shopping and local services required to meet the day to day needs of the community. As part of the applications for the strategic sites, retail assessments will be required based on the requirements of Core Policy 8 and Policy DM11 tests within PPS4.

6.30     The existing built leisure facilities and swimming pool in Newark Urban Area has recently been replaced are in need of replacement. Development of outdoor provision is currently being developed. The LDF will therefore support such an approach and such applications will be considered against NAP3 and other policies within the Core Strategy.

6.31     To ensure these strategies and objectives for the Newark Urban Area are met the following policy approach will be taken.