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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

How was the Plan Review Formulated?

1.5       The Plan Review was undertaken by the District Council over a two year period between 2015 and 2017, and formulated in accordance with the Councils four Strategic priorities: homes, the economy, safety and cleanliness and healthiness (see Appendix B). The main purpose of the Plan Review was to ensure that the allocations, policies and targets contained within the Development Plan Documents (DPDs) continue to be up to date and appropriate. To reflect the evidence regarding housing and employment targets that runs to 2033 the plan period is now from 2013 to 2033. The major elements which have influenced the review are:

  1. National and Local Planning Policy Context - Planning Policy is set out by government in its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and accompanying National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG). These set the principals for local policy making. Local policy prepared by Newark and Sherwood District contained in Development Plan Documents (DPDs) are the most important documents when making planning decisions regarding development proposals because Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2014 requires that determination “be made in accordance with the plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.”  Alongside DPDs the District Council also produces Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs); together these make up the Newark and Sherwood Local Development Framework.  Parish and Town Councils and Neighbourhood Forums (where there is no Parish Council) can prepare Neighbourhood Plans at Parish level as well.  Once approved by local referendum they also become part of the Development Plan.
  2. Public Consultation and Participation - There have been four rounds of public consultation on the Plan Review. In addition to publication of the various consultation reports, stakeholder meetings and public drop in sessions were held in various communities within the District to further set out the proposals. The various rounds of consultation were also publicised in the local media. The results of the consultation helped to inform and formulate Plan Review.
  3. Plan Review Evidence Base - In reviewing the LDF the District Council has undertaken to review and work with stakeholders to update and produce various studies and strategies. The evidence base which underpins our Plan Review includes the following reports:
  • Affordable Housing Viability Considerations
  • Whole Plan and CIL Viability Assessment
  • Employment Land Forecasting Study
  • Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
  • HMA Position Statement – Farnsfield Appeal
  • Housing Market and Needs Assessment
  • Housing Market Needs Sub Area Report
  • Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update (including update related to Transport)
  • Infrastructure Funding Gap Review Report
  • Planning Advisory Service Core Strategy Review
  • Preferred Approach - Strategy
  • Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Update
  • Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment
  • Strategic Housing Market Assessment
  • Strategic Housing Market Assessment Addendum
  • Town Centre and Retail Study (including Appendices)
  • Water Cycle Study Update

4.       Integrated Impact Assessment and Habitat Regulations Assessment -Alongside the production of the Plan, the District also subjected those elements of the plan under review to testing for sustainability, equality and health impacts (an Integrated Impact Assessment – IIA), and its impact on nature conservation sites protected by international legislation (a Habitats Regulation Assessment – HRA). Full details of the IIA and HRA can be viewed at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview/

5.       Infrastructure Delivery Plan Update - The 2010 Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) has been updated to identify the new and improved infrastructure required to facilitate planned growth within the District to the end of the plan period to 2033. To inform this, a baseline assessment of the existing infrastructure within the District has been carried out to identify the current infrastructure provision, variations of the level of provision across the District and the level of growth that can be supported by that existing infrastructure. Where a shortfall exists to meet the forecast growth, the required infrastructure has been identified. The IDP also identifies a broad cost estimate for that infrastructure, and the proposed funding mechanism. This study has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Planning policy Framework (NPPF). The full report and Appendices can be viewed at http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview/

6.       Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment - In accordance with the latest Planning Practice Guidance a strategic housing and employment land site assessment has been produced that identifies sites with potential for development, to identify the suitability, and likelihood of sites coming forward. This report provides an update of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) which was published in 2010, and also incorporates an assessment of land available for employment purposes. Some sites also include an element of retail and have been included where they have been submitted or the allocation includes a retail element. The full report can be viewed at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview/

7.       Duty to Cooperate – The Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) places a duty on local planning authorities and other bodies to cooperate with each other to address strategic issues relevant to their areas. The duty requires ongoing constructive and active engagement on the preparation of development plan documents and other activities relating to the sustainable development and use of land, in particular in connection with strategic infrastructure. The Council continues to cooperate with neighbouring Councils and relevant organisations and has agreed a Statement of Common Ground with Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils that sets out the confirmed points of agreement between the Authorities with regard to the delivery of housing and employment in each District. Further to this, the three District Councils, together with Nottinghamshire County Council have prepared a Memorandum of Understanding, with a key focus of on-going collaboration between the authorities and formalising governance arrangements. The Council is also working closely with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, to deliver growth particularly on strategic sites around Newark. The Council is also engaging with the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership as they develop their various strategies.

8.       Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and Employment Land Forecasting Study (ELFS) – The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities (LPAs) to use a proportionate evidence base. Each LPA should ensure that the Local Plan is based on adequate, up to date and relevant evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area. Local planning authorities should ensure that their assessment of and strategies for housing, employment and other uses are integrated, and that they take full account of relevant market and economic signals. In accordance with these requirements Housing and Employment Studies have been produced. The Housing Market Needs Assessment sets out the objectively assessed housing need for the District. The Employment Land Forecasting Study identifies future employment land needs and guides economic development over the plan period. Both reports can be viewed at http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/planreview/