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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Policy NAP 2A Land South of Newark

Figure 5 - Land South of Newark

NAP 2A Land South of Newark

This area, as shown on the Proposals Map, is identified as a strategic site for housing (in the region of 3,150 dwellings, 2,200 of which to be constructed in the plan period to 2026); employment land uses (B2 and B8 uses: 3850 hectares in the plan period); two local centres, comprising retail, service, employment and community uses; and associated green, transport and other infrastructure. The distribution of proposed uses is indicatively illustrated on Figure 5 - Land South of Newark.

Development will be subject to the following requirements:

A          Housing

  1. Development to be undertaken in 4 phases to be accompanied by appropriate provision of approximately 750 dwellings each, with each phase being substantially completed and key infrastructure and facilities in place before the commencement of the next phase of house building starts, and also in accordance with the timing of the completion of the Southern Link Road and other highway improvements which will be influenced by the detailed Transport Assessment for the site;
  2. Seeking to achieveA average density levels of 30-50 dwellings per hectare in line with PPS 3, with higher levels in areas of greatest accessibility in and adjacent to the local centres;
  3. Affordable housing will be provided in line with the Core Policy 1;
  4. Incorporation of sustainable development principles and sustainable construction methods in line with the Homes and Communities Agency’s recommended level in the Code for Sustainable Homes and in line with the provisions of Core Policy 9;The development will respect and integrate the alignment of the Southern Link Road (Newark Area Policy 4) which crosses the site;

B          Employment

  1. Phase 1 of the dDevelopment will take place on the site of the former gypsum workings, as shown on Figure 5 - Land South of Newark;
  1. Access will be taken via a direct route to the A1 and the new Southern Link Road. Traffic management proposals must ensure that HGV’s only use trunk roads and other agreed routes, including the Southern Link Road, to access the employment land;

C          Local Centres

  1. Provision of 2 local centres as shown on Figure 5 - Land South of Newark, including provision of 2 new primary schools (or alternatively 1 larger new primary school) and a 3 GP facilityies(if required on site), shall be constructed as an integral part of the residential development to ensure the creation of sustainable neighbourhoods;

D          General

  1. Submission as part of planning applications by the developers of comprehensive development details, explanation and assessments, including:
    1. Masterplan for the whole site to facilitate a comprehensive scheme, its integration with existing and consented developments to the north and its relationship with surrounding countryside;
    2. Transport Assessment;
    3. Environmental Impact Assessment;
    4. Green Infrastructure Framework to illustrate how the development will maximise opportunities to enhance the environment;
    5. Retail Impact Assessment, to consider the implications of the local centres on existing retail provision in Newark;
    6. Flood Risk Assessment;
  2. Provision of transportation measures which:
    1. maximise opportunities for sustainable travel and increasing non car use;
    2. achieve suitable access to local facilities;
    3. minimise the impact of the development on the existing transport network;

These will include:

    1. high quality passenger transport links to Newark town centre;
    2. safe, convenient pedestrian and cycle routes within and adjoining the development;
    3. safeguarding and enhancement of the National Cycle Network along the former Newark – Bottesford railway line;

  1. Provision of Green Infrastructure in accordance with an agreed Green Infrastructure Framework and in line with Spatial Policy 8, including:

    1. landscaping and structural planting throughout the development;
    2. creation of quality open spaces, sports and playing fields;
    3. improvements to existing spaces;

    4. links to the countryside beyond the site;
    5. enhancements to existing habitats and the local landscape;
    6. measures to mitigate any detrimental impact on environmental and heritage features on and adjacent to the site, including listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments other archaeological features and designated biodiversity areas;

    7. retention of the Middle Beck as an open watercourse;
  2. Consideration of theP provision of on-site renewable energy schemes to help meet the energy requirements of the development;

  3. Provision of flood mitigation:

    1. necessary flood mitigation measures on land to the south of the Middle Beck,
    2. residential development will not normally be permitted within the Environment Agency’s Flood Zone 3;
    3. development in Flood Zone 2 may be accepted where it incorporates appropriate flood mitigation measures in accordance with national guidance in PPS25, including re-profiling land;

    4. where appropriate incorporation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS);

  4. Investigation and mitigation by the developer of any contamination within the site through agreed remediation techniques;

  5. Provision of necessary infrastructure phased in relation to the progression of the development in accordance with the Infrastructure Delivery Plan, for:

    1. provision of new and improved highway infrastructure;
    2. contributions to a new secondary school in the Newark Urban Area new and improved social infrastructure;
    3. new and improved utilities infrastructure  in conjunction with the Statutory Utilities and their roles and responsibilities including BT Open Reach (and any successor organisation) in meeting their Fibre To The Premises commitment;
  6. Provision of contributions for local infrastructure, including facilities and services that are essential for development to take place or which are needed to mitigate the impact of development at the site or neighbourhood level will be secured through Planning Obligations utilising existingthe Developer Contributions & Planning Obligations SPD in line with Spatial Policy 6.

6.41     The development of Land South of Newark will create a sustainable urban extension to the Sub Regional Centre of Newark with a mixed use development of residential and employment uses and 2 local centres providing 2 new primary schools (or 1 larger primary school if more appropriate), facilities for 3 GPs (if required on site), local retailing and services for new and existing residents.

6.42     The line of the SLR, which is currently indicative, passes through the site and its alignment will be respected and integrated into the development of the strategic site. A limited amount of residential development can be built in advance of the construction of the SLR, subject to a detailed Transport Assessment for the development. Construction traffic for the development will be required to use a designated haul road from the A46 separate from the existing highway network.