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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Economic Growth

Shaping our Employment Profile

5.20       To secure the development of Sustainable Communities, a key element of the Core Strategy's Vision is concerned with economic growth and prosperity. A major element of our Sustainable Community Strategy's 'earning' theme is to promote the economic well-being of the District, including helping people to improve their employment opportunities. The District Council's own Economic Development Strategy (2014) is promotesing the building of a shared prosperity this theme including through the planning and supporting of growth within the District. Delivery of the Strategy is based around securing inward investment, supporting business growth, maximising the employability of the District’s workforce, facilitating and exploiting infrastructure development, supporting key sectors within the District’s economy and encouraging tourism. This and aims to ensure that Newark and Sherwood's economy will be vibrant and diverse with a range of opportunities for local people., This will advancinge the quality of life within the District, strengthening our communities and addressing current levels of unsustainable out-commuting that has become a feature of recent years.

5.21    Securing the infrastructure necessary to support growth and taking advantage of the District’s existing infrastructure strengths is recognised as being key to the attraction of inward investment. Whilst shaping and developing a local workforce with the right skills base for Newark and Sherwood’s economy and tackling social exclusion so employment opportunities and lifelong learning are accessible to all District residents are also seen as crucial to the economic success of the District. In promoting growth and diversification of our local economy, we will work with important learning and training providers serving the district, and support associated employment development. This will improve our education base, increase skill levels over time, and develop a widening range of job opportunities which responds to the ‘learning and earning’ theme of our Sustainable Community Strategy, and its supporting priorities of raising aspirations and improving accessibility.

5.22    Newark College is a further education college that caters for a wide range of academic and vocational courses, including practical courses for school leavers. There are also courses for adults and training for employers, with the College’s Business Development Centre working with over 1,000 employers regionally, delivering solutions for business through high quality training. To the south of Southwell is the Brackenhurst Campus of Nottingham Trent University housing the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences which delivers learning for qualifications to degree and Postgraduate level, and training designed to meet the needs of rural business (See SoAP 2 in the Southwell Area Section of the Core Strategy). To the west of the district, in Mansfield, is the Vision West Nottinghamshire College which offers a wide range of education and training opportunities, from 14 years onward through to adult, and which includes apprenticeships and employer training.

The Newark and Sherwood Employment and Skills Operational Group is an important local forum led by the District Council, which brings together representatives from key organisations involved in delivering employment and skills activities across the district. The Group works at an operational level to obtain maximum benefits from existing employment and skills initiatives and projects through partnership working, and by identifying gaps and possible opportunities and making these a reality. The common aim of the Group is to help shape and develop a local workforce with the right skills base for Newark and Sherwood’s economy and to tackle social exclusion so employment opportunities and lifelong learning are accessible to all District residents

The Regional Plan emphasises the importance of partnership working in implementing the Regional Economic Strategy (RES), and the regional priorities of raising skill levels, developing the service sector and high value manufacturing and creating innovative businesses. Inward investment, providing quality sites and buildings which support enterprise development and are attractive to the market, are essential elements. The Regional Plan acknowledges that there will be a significant increase in demand for office floor space in the future, and refers to an inadequate supply of office space, particularly in and around existing urban centres. It also refers to a shortage of sites for ‘high tech’ uses and a high demand for strategic ‘B8’ logistic uses.

5.23     In diversifying the economic base of the District, the Economic Development Strategy (and its associated 'Update Report' developed in 2010) is encouraging the further development of the service sector, increasing local added-value activities and the presence of “knowledge rich” business. Thise Update Report emphasises the importance of making provision for suitable employment sites for office development that will accommodate graduation space as local businesses grow and expand, as well as accommodating the needs of potential significant inward investment. The Update Report Strategy also highlights the strong growth the District has experienced in the commercial office sector, and in B2 and B8 uses, and the potential for further sectoral growth.

The Northern Sub-Regional Employment Land Review refers to an unmet need for small sites of 0.5 to 1 hectare for expanding companies and new office accommodation for smaller/medium sized businesses, suggesting that supply should be concentrated in Newark Urban Area.

 Core Policy 6

Shaping our Employment Profile

The economy of Newark and Sherwood District will be strengthened and broadened to provide a diverse range of employment opportunities by:

  • Maintaining and enhancing the employment base of our towns and settlements, including their town and village centres, and supporting the economies of our rural communities.
  • Providing most growth, including new employment development, at the Sub-Regional Centre of Newark, and that of a lesser scale directed to our Service Centres and Principal Villages, to match their size, role and regeneration needs. Providing a range of suitable sites in these locations that will enable employment levels to be maintained and increased, by meeting the modern requirements of different business sectors and types needs of both traditional and emerging business sectors and types.
  • Promoting major new economic development as part of the Strategic Sites planned for Newark Urban Area, linked to infrastructure improvements including the provision of a Southern Link Road to the south of the town. New employment land provision will be provided at Land South of Newark and Land around Fernwood in line with NAP 2A and NAP 2C. These will allow for the development of clusters and networks or businesses, and areas for economic regeneration, infrastructure provision and environmental enhancement. 
  • Retention and safeguarding of employment land and sites where there is a reasonable prospect of them being required for that purpose. The requirement for such sites will be monitored over the plan period. that can meet the needs of modern businesses, to ensure their continued use for employment purposes. Land and premises in the existing industrial estates and employment areas, and those areas allocated for employment development, will normally be safeguarded and continue to be developed for business purposes. Where proposals are submitted for economic development uses (as described in PPS4), wider other than the B Use Classes, regard will be had to the following:
    • The extent to which the proposals are responding to local needs for such development.
    • The lack of suitable, alternative sites being available to meet the demand that exists.
    • The need to safeguard the integrity of neighbouring uses, including their continued use for employment purposes.
    • The need to protect and enhance the vitality and viability of town centres.
    • The potential impact on the strategic role and function of the remaining employment land, in meeting the future needs of the District.
    • Encouraging the development of priority business sectors including business and financial services, knowledge intensive enterprises, telecoms, food and drink, sustainable energy and environmental technologies, and logistics and distribution.
    • Supporting the establishment and growth of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) by the allocation of sites for mixed-use development incorporating housing and employment, as part of the Allocations & Development Management DPD. Sites allocated for employment development should include provision for starter units, start-up businesses, live-work units, and ‘grow on’ graduation space so that small firms can be established, expanded and retained within the District.
    • Working with learning and training bodies, job centres and higher education providers to raise workforce skill levels, improve employability and supporting economic development associated with these sources, and using planning obligations to provide opportunities to assist residents in accessing work.
    • Helping the economy of Rural Areas by rural diversification that will encourage tourism, recreation, rural regeneration, and farm diversification, and complement new appropriate agriculture and forestry development. Development sustaining and providing rural employment should meet local needs and be small scale in nature to ensure acceptable scale and impact.
    • Respecting that where the release of sites to non-employment purposes is proposed, any significant benefits to the local area that would result, should be taken into account to inform decision making.