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Newark & Sherwood Local Development Framework Plan Review - Preferred Approach Town Centre & Retail

Preferred Approach to the Amendment of Policy DM11

Policy DM11 - Retail and Main Town Centre Uses

In accordance with the retail hierarchy set out in Core Policy 8, retail development and other Town Centre uses of a scale concurrent with the population growth of the District will be assessed as follows:

1. Newark

New and enhanced retail development and other main Town Centre uses that consolidate or enhance the composition of the Town Centre will be supported within the Town Centre boundary, as defined on the Policies Map.

Proposals for non-retail uses at street-level within the Primary Shopping Frontages, as defined on the Policies Map, will not be supported unless they can demonstrate a positive contribution to the vitality and viability of the Town Centre. In recognising the contribution which restaurants and café uses can make towards this vitality and viability, an expansion of provision around Newark Market Place will be supported. Providing that A3 use does not become the dominant use within the Market Place.

The Council will support a greater diversity of Town Centre uses that contribute to the overall vitality and viability of the town of the Town Centre within the Secondary Shopping Frontages, as defined on the Policies Map, providing that there is no overall dominant use other than retail (A1). Within the lower part of Stodman Street and along Castle Gate, the Council will not resist a dominance of restaurant and café (A3) uses.

2. District Centres

New and enhanced retail development and other main Town Centre uses consistent with the size and role of the centre, and maintain and enhance its role will be supported within the District Centres of Edwinstowe,Rainworth,Ollerton and Southwell, as defined on the Policies Map. Proposals for non-retail uses within the Primary Shopping Frontages, where defined on the Policies Map, will be resisted unless they can demonstrate a positive contribution to the vitality and viability of the centre.

3. Local Centres

Within the Local Centres of Balderton (North and South), Bilsthorpe (North and South), Blidworth, Boughton, Clipstone, Collingham, Farnsfield, and Lowdham and Rainworth as defined on the Policies Map, and the new Local Centres at Land South of Newark (NAP 2A), Land East of Newark (NAP 2B), Land at Fernwood (NAP 2C) and Sutton-on-Trent (ST/LC/1) - new and enhanced retail development and other non-retail main Town Centre uses, consistent with the size and role of the centre, will be supported.

4. Edge and Out-of-Centre locations

Retail

In line with Core Policy 8 'Retail & Town Centres' retail development in edge and out-of-centre locations will be controlled through application of the sequential test. With retail proposals requiring justification through a proportionate sequential test, which has prioritised centre and then edge of centre locations ahead of considering out-of-centre sites.

Edge and out-of-centre retail proposals should be acceptable in terms of their impact on the vitality and viability of centres, existing, committed and planned investment and on in-centre trade as well as, where applicable, trade in the wider area. Therefore proposals exceeding the thresholds in Core Policy 8 should be accompanied by a robust assessment of impact which addresses, but is not limited to, the following considerations:

  • Current and forecast expenditure capacity. Addressing that having taken account of completions and commitments, as at 1st April 2016, the capacity to support additional convenience and comparison retail floorspace is forecast to be driven by increases in residual expenditure as a result of population growth. This capacity is anticipated to arise towards the end of the plan period, with the delivery of housing growth being a particularly important influence;
  • The impact on the range and quality of the comparison and convenience retail offer; and
  • The impact of the proposal on allocated sites outside of Town Centres being developed in accordance with the Development Plan.

Assessments should take account of current and future expenditure capacity and the appropriateness of their scale.

For proposals that may impact on Newark Town Centre, the following should also be taken into account:

  • The function of the Town Centre as a market town and the viability of the market;
  • The effect of development on independent retailers having regards to their role within the Town Centre; and
  • The impact of development on the Town Centre in catering for tourism.

Small scale retail proposals, below the thresholds in Core Policy 8, which are located within the Main Built-up Area, but beyond the centre boundary, of the Sub-Regional Centre, Service Centre's and Principal Villages will be supported providing that they fulfil a 'local needs' function (by virtue of the scale and type of retail floorspace proposed). Such proposals will not be required to demonstrate satisfaction of the sequential and impact tests.

Non-retail Main Town Centre Uses

Proposals for non-retail main Town Centre uses in edge and out-of-centre locations will be subject to the sequential approach outlined in Core Policy 8. With justification being required through a proportionate sequential test, which has prioritised centre and then edge-of-centre locations ahead of considering out-of-centre sites.

Leisure and office development outside of centres exceeding 2500sqm and not in accordance with the Development Plan, must be acceptable in terms of impact on the vitality and viability of centres, on existing, committed and planned investment and where appropriate on in-centre trade and trade in the wider area. Such proposals should therefore be accompanied by a robust assessment of impact.

5. Rural Areas and the Open Countryside

Within the main-built up areas of settlements beyond the principal village level of the Settlement Hierarchy, small scale retail proposals, where they will fulfil a 'local needs' function (by virtue of the scale and type of retail floorspace proposed), and enhance the sustainability of the settlement will be supported, in line with Spatial Policy 3 'Rural Areas' and Core Policy 11 'Rural Accessibility'.

Small-scale rural diversification schemes which include appropriate forms of retail provision, small-scale rural offices and other small-scale rural development will not be required to demonstrate satisfaction of the sequential test. Such proposals will be considered against the criteria provided in Policy DM8 'Open Countryside'.

 

 

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