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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Nottingham-Derby Green Belt

4.28     The Nottingham-Derby Green Belt prevents the Nottingham Conurbation from merging with the surrounding towns and villages within Nottinghamshire and the nearby city of Derby. Its status was confirmed in the recent East Midlands Regional Plan. The plan states that in the Northern Sub-Region:

  • No strategic changes should be made to the Green Belt in this Sub-Area.
  • When considering development provision in and around settlements affected by the Green Belt, LDFs should critically assess any impact on the Green Belt and whether development should be located elsewhere.
  • Allocations should not allow for commuter led development which could put pressure on Green Belt boundaries.

4.29     Whilst No strategic changes are envisaged proposed in the extent of the Green Belt within the District, as a number of small scale reviews were undertaken are proposed to reflect the requirement to address local housing need in Lowdham, and support regeneration in Rainworth and Blidworth. These reviews will be undertaken as part of the Allocations & Development Management DPD in 2012. In assessing potential housing land supply as part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Study (SHLAA) it is clear that supply is limited within existing settlement boundaries and therefore consideration will need to be given to changing the boundaries to meet the wider aims of the Spatial Strategy.

Spatial Policy 4A

Extent of the Green Belt

The extent of the Nottingham - Derby Green Belt which lies within Newark & Sherwood District as set out on the Policies Map, will remain unchanged following the earlier small scale review undertaken in 2012. broadly the same. Small scale reviews are proposed in the following locations:

Blidworth - In order to meet housing requirements for the Principal Village, a review of the boundary of the Green Belt which surrounds it will be undertaken as part of the Allocations & Development Management DPD. 

Lowdham - In order to meet housing requirements for the Principal Village, a review of the boundary of the Green Belt which surrounds it will be undertaken as part of the Allocations & Development Management DPD.

Rainworth - In order to meet housing requirements for the Service Centre, a review of the northern boundary of the Green Belt where it abuts the centre will be undertaken as part of the Allocations & Development Management DPD. 

In undertaking these small scale reviews through the Allocations & Development Management DPD the District Council will:

  • Identify specific sites;
  • Consider whether there are any non Green Belt sites that are more or equally sustainable; and
  • Consider the importance of the sites in meeting the purposes of the Green Belt.

4.29     Planning Policy Guidance Note 2: Green Belts National planning policy allows for limited development in villages within the Green Belt. The approach of the Core Strategy is to direct development to the Principal Villages in the Green Belt, and allow for development in line with Spatial Policy 3 in Gunthorpe and the part of Bulcote attached to Burton Joyce, all of which are excluded from the Green Belt. In villages ‘washed over’ by the Green Belt the policy allows for the secure securing of small scale rural affordable housing exceptions sites, and it has been decided to continue not to identify any villages that are ‘washed over’ for limited infill as set out in bullet point 5 of paragraph 89 of the NPPF. in other Green Belt villages. Other development proposals in the Green Belt will be judged according to national planning policy the policies of PPG2 Green Belts.

Spatial Policy 4B

Green Belt Development

Within the extent of the area covered by the Green Belt in the District, as set out on the Policies Map, new housing and employment development will be focused in the Principal Villages of Blidworth and Lowdham, along with Gunthorpe and the part of Bulcote which is attached to Burton Joyce. These locations are excluded from the Green Belt and defined by Village Envelopes. Development proposals in the two Principal Villages will be judged according to the provisions Spatial Policy 1 and Policy DM 1. Development proposals within Gunthorpe and the part of Bulcote attached to Burton Joyce will be judged according to the provisions of Spatial Policy 3.

No villages ‘washed over’ by the Green Belt have been identified for limited infilling.

In or adjacent to the main built-up areas of the following villages, consideration will be given to the development of 'Rural Affordable Housing Exceptions Sites' to meet local housing need;

Bulcote, Caythorpe, Epperstone, Gonalston, Gunthorpe, Hoveringham, Lowdham and Oxton.

Proposals should be in line with Core Policy 2 Rural Affordable Housing. Development should be small scale in nature, should not have a detrimental impact on the character of the village or on the openness of the Green Belt.

Other appropriate development in the Green Belt not identified in this policy will be judged according to national Green Belt policy.