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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

The Role of Edwinstowe

6.96     Edwinstowe has a role both as an important service centre for local people and as a tourist centre within Sherwood Forest as it is the location of of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve which contains the legendary ‘Major Oak.’ There are significant nature conservation assets in locations around the village and a number of important historic landscapes in the vicinity. Center Parc’s is located to the south of village.

6.97     Until recently the village was the location of Thoresby Colliery one of the last working deep coal mines in England. Its closure in July 2015, has led to a significant regeneration site in the heart of Sherwood Forest coming forward for re-development. ShAP 4 sets out in detail the considerations the developers will need to address, however it will be important that any proposals help to promote and strengthen the role of Edwinstowe as a service centre.

6.98     Principally the impacts will be felt on existing infrastructure, in particular education, health and transport. The IDP identifies the various likely requirements in Appendix D. The improvements to Ollerton Roundabout will be particularly important to ensure that future development can be accommodated. The impacts on existing centres and the network of green infrastructure and nature conservation assets will also need to be carefully managed.


Role of Edwinstowe

The Local Development Framework seeks to promote and strengthen the role of the Service Centre of Edwinstowe as a sustainable settlement for its residents, visitors and tourists. This will be achieved by:

  • Promoting new housing and employment opportunities within the existing village and comprehensive mixed used development on the former Thoresby Colliery in line with ShAP 4;
  • Providing new and improved community infrastructure appropriate to the size and function of the town, including additional primary and secondary school places and healthcare facilities;
  • Supporting the development of sustainable tourist facilities and attractions in line with ShAP 1, Core Policy 7 and Core Policy 12;
  • Protecting and enhancing the biodiversity and nature conservation assets around Edwinstowe;
  • Securing the resolution of traffic and transport issues in and around the town including those identified within the IDP such as the A614/A6075/A616 Ollerton Roundabout junction; and
  • Ensuring that the provision of new retail and other Main Town Centre uses included as part of the Thoresby Colliery development do not undermine the vitality and viability of existing centres. The scale and function of any new retail development should therefore be restricted to that necessary to meet the day-to-day needs of the development.