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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1    Welcome to the Newark & Sherwood Publication Amended Core Strategy (Adopted March 2011). Over the next twenty years, the The District will have has many challenges to face, including providing new housing and jobs, securing infrastructure and facilities for residents and visitors, against a back drop of the increased threat of climate change. The planning system has a key role in helping to manage these changes and helping to reduce the impact on our District and its residents.  As the Local Planning Authority, the District Council’s main way of doing this is through the production of the Local Development Framework (LDF). The LDF is formed of Development Plan Documents (DPDs), the Policies Map (setting out the location of proposals and the areas that policies apply), and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) which provide guidance. The LDF DPDs forms the local element of the development plan for the area and it will be used to shape decision making by the District Council both in terms of investment and in the determining of planning applications.  It will also influence other public sector bodies and private organisations in their decision making and investment plans in the District.

1.2    The key part of the LDF is the Core Strategy DPD.  This sets out the big issues that Newark and Sherwood District Council and our public and private sector partners need to address over the next twenty years in our District.  It sets out a Vision, a series of Objectives and a number of Policies to deliver them.

1.3      Our first Core Strategy was adopted in 2011 and since then the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been adopted which includes the requirement to prepare housing targets at a Housing Market Area Level.  This is why we have reviewed and amended the Core Strategy.  The following sections explain how the original Core Strategy was developed and how we have conducted the review.