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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Infrastructure for Growth

4.39     The Spatial Strategy sets out how the district will develop up to 2026 2033 in order to ensure that the overall vision and objectives for the Core Strategy are achieved. A key component in achieving the vision and objectives is to ensure that the necessary physical, social and green infrastructure is provided to support the growth envisaged in the Core Strategy.

4.40     The Council has produced an Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) to identify existing infrastructure provision and to assess its capacity to support growth. Where growth exceeds capacity the additional infrastructure required has been identified. The IDP identifies a broad estimated cost, funding sources and who would be responsible for delivery. The Council has subdivided the infrastructure into strategic infrastructure improvements required because of the cumulative impact of growth of the District and which cannot be attributed to any one site, and local infrastructure, improvements that are required to achieve a satisfactory development of a particular site.

4.41     The Council considers that strategic infrastructure includes improvements to the highway network and contributions to a secondary education which are required because of the cumulative growth of the District. , contributions to a secondary school and to Newark Urban Area Sports and Leisure Facilities, required because of the increased population. The Council has a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) specifically to fund this infrastructure. The District Council defines local infrastructure as including facilities and services, such as primary schools and open space, that are essential for development to take place on individual sites, or which are needed to mitigate the impact of development at the site or neighbourhood level, such as traffic management schemes.

x.x       The Council will seek to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) specifically to fund strategic infrastructure improvements to the strategic highway network, that may include the Southern Link Road, that are required as a result of cumulative growth of the District up to 2026, and which cannot be attributed to the development of any one site, and to contribute to the cost of a secondary school and Newark Urban Area Sports and Leisure Facilities. The Council went out to consultation on the principle of establishing a Strategic Infrastructure Tariff under CIL in March 2010 and prepared a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule for consultation in November 2010, prior to seeking an independent Examination and introducing the tariff in 2011.

x.xx      The District was awarded Growth Point status in 2006 and intends to use £5m of its Growth Point capital allocation to assist in reconciling economic deficits that may emerge in the delivery of affordable housing or infrastructure, which may include the SLR, that is required to support growth. In addition, the Council will seek external funding support through the Local Transport Plan from Nottinghamshire County Council as the highway authority, and the Highways Agency, who are responsible for the A1 and A46. The Council will continue discussing with the Homes and Communities Agency how they can best support the District and the Growth Point through the formulation of a funding agreement known as a Local Investment Plan.

4.42     The IDP identifies the improvements required to the provision of utility services. The Council will continue to engage with each of the providers to ensure that their programme of improvements dovetails with the projected growth, and on the Strategic Sites developers are already discussing their requirements with the statutory undertakers.

4.43     Local Infrastructure will be secured through Planning Obligations (commonly known as S106 Agreements). Requirements for these are set out in Policy DM 3 Developer Contributions and Planning Obligations and an accompanying Supplementary Planning Document. The standards that will be required for the various types of local infrastructure including open space and community facilities will be set out in the Allocations & Development Management DPDs and other SPDs. These will be secured utilising a Developer Contributions SPD. Requirements for Affordable Housing are set out later in this document in Core Policy 1 and a an accompanying Supplementary Planning Document will be prepared to support the implementation of this policy.

4.44     The Green Infrastructure Strategy identifies existing networks of green spaces within and between urban areas and the surrounding countryside and provides an approach to their protection and enhancement. It identifies actions for key areas and themes that are will be included in the Allocations & Development Management DPD.

4.45     The schedule in Appendix D is a summary of the main elements of infrastructure the IDP identifies as required to deliver the Core Strategy. The table includes approximate costs, timescale and funding sources and likely delivery agent where known.

Spatial Policy 6

Infrastructure for Growth

To ensure the delivery of strategic infrastructure to support growth in the District, the District Council will secure seek to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This will be applied across the District to all forms of development. It will be used to:

  • Strategic Infrastructure via its Community Infrastructure Levy. Strategic Infrastructure is defined as Provide improvements to the strategic highway network and other highway infrastructure that may include the Southern Link Road as identified within the IDP and secondary education provision across the District;
  • Contribute to a secondary school within the Newark Urban Area;
  • Contribute to Newark Urban Area Sports and Leisure Facilities.
  • Local Infrastructure, including facilities and services that are essential for development to take place on individual sites, or which are needed to mitigate the impact of development at the site or neighbourhood level, will be secured through Planning Obligations in line with the Policies of the Core Strategy, Policy DM3 Developer Contributions and Planning Obligations and supported by a Developer Contributions & Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document. and the Allocations & Development Management DPD, utilising a Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). In advance of the adoption of CIL, the District Council will seek to ensure the delivery of strategic infrastructure by Planning Obligations and public funding sources.