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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Policy ShAP 4 Land at Thoresby Colliery

Figure 8 - Land at Thoresby

ShAP 4 Land at Thoresby Colliery

This area, as shown on the Policies Map, is identified as a strategic site for housing (in the region of 800 dwellings); employment land uses (B uses: 10 hectares); a ‘community centre’, comprising leisure and community uses along with retail to meet local needs; and associated green, transport and other infrastructure. The distribution of proposed uses is indicatively illustrated on Figure 8 - Land at Thoresby Colliery. Built development will be focussed on the core development area illustrated on Figure 8. 

Development will be subject to the following requirements:

A          Housing

  1. Development to be undertaken in phases to be accompanied by appropriate provision of infrastructure, and also in accordance with the timing of the completion of improvements to Ollerton Roundabout and other highway improvements which will be influenced by the detailed Transport Assessment for the site; 
  2. Seeking to achieve density levels which strike a balance between efficient use of land and the green infrastructure and nature conservation requirements of the site; 
  3. Affordable housing will be provided in line with the Core Policy 1;

B          Employment & ‘Community Centre’

  1. Development of 10 hectares of B use employment will take place in the south east corner of the site as shown on Figure 8 - Land at Thoresby Colliery. Other appropriate uses will be permitted within this area however leisure uses should normally be located in the ‘community centre’; 
  2. A mixed use ‘community centre’ which will be the principal focus for community facilities and leisure provision within the new development around the former pit head area. In retail terms the ‘community centre’ should not compete in function and scale with the nearby district centres of Edwinstowe and Ollerton and should be restricted to that which is necessary to meet the day-to-day needs of the development.

C          Nature Conservation

  1. Consideration of the impacts of the proposals on the nature conservation assets of Sherwood Forest through a Habitat Regulations Screening Assessment and an Environmental Impact Assessment.
  2. Provision of Sustainable Alternative Natural Greenspace within the core development area as part of the provision of green infrastructure.
  3. Measures to address potential pet predation on restored heathland to the north of the core development area. 
  4. Proposals to monitor air quality in and around the site and a framework for addressing any future issues which may be identified through such monitoring.

D          General

  1. Submission as part of planning applications by the developers of comprehensive development details, explanation and assessments, including:
    1. Masterplan for the whole site to facilitate a comprehensive scheme, its integration with existing and consented development in Edwinstowe and its relationship with surrounding countryside;
    2. Transport Assessment;
    3. Environmental Impact Assessment;
    4. Green Infrastructure Framework to illustrate how the development will maximise opportunities to enhance the environment;
    5. Retail Impact Assessment, to consider the implications of the proposed retail element on the existing District Centres of Edwinstowe and Ollerton if the scheme proposals are greater than the retail impact thresholds in Core Policy 8;
    6. Flood Risk Assessment;
    7. Heritage Impact Assessment, which should include assessment and recording of the historic value of the buildings  in and around the pit head to inform the process of identifying which buildings should be retained and to provide a comprehensive historic record.
  1. The Master Plan and Green Infrastructure Framework will set design principles for the site which will:
    1. seek to maintain and where possible reinstate former field hedge boundaries;
    2. set development within a woodland matrix with more substantial buffering of existing and proposed restored semi natural landscapes;
    3. secure the necessary Sustainable Alternative Natural Greenspace.
  2. Provision of transportation measures which:
    1. maximise opportunities for sustainable travel and increasing non car use;
    2. achieve suitable access to local facilities;
    3. minimise the impact of the development on the existing transport network;

These will include:

    1. improvements to passenger transport links to nearby communities;
    2. safe, convenient pedestrian and cycle routes within and adjoining the development;
    3. Safeguarding of a route for alternative access to the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre;
  1. Provision of Green Infrastructure in accordance with an agreed Green Infrastructure Framework and in line with Spatial Policy 8, including:
    1. landscaping and structural planting throughout the development;
    2. creation of quality open spaces, sports and playing fields;
    3. improvements to existing spaces;
    4. links to the countryside beyond the site;
    5. enhancements to existing habitats and the local landscape;
    6. measures to mitigate any detrimental impact on environmental and heritage assets on and adjacent to the site, including listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments other archaeological features and designated biodiversity areas;
  2. Consideration of the provision of on-site renewable energy schemes to help meet the energy requirements of the development;
  3. Provision of on-site water management including where appropriate incorporation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS);
  4. Investigation and mitigation by the developer of any contamination within the site through agreed remediation techniques;
  5. Provision of necessary infrastructure phased in relation to the progression of the development in accordance with the Infrastructure Delivery Plan, for:
    1. provision of new and improved highway infrastructure;
    2. new and improved social infrastructure including the provision of a primary school on site and enhancement to local primary healthcare either on site or as part of the expansion of existing local facilities;
    3. new and improved utilities infrastructure in conjunction with the Statutory Utilities and their roles and responsibilities including BT Open Reach (and any successor organisation) in meeting their Fibre To The Premises commitment;

  6. Provision of contributions for local infrastructure, including facilities and services that are essential for development to take place or which are needed to mitigate the impact of development at the site or neighbourhood level will be secured through Planning Obligations utilising the Developer Contributions & Planning Obligations SPD in line with Spatial Policy 6.